The Dark Ages : The Densest Of The Middle Ages

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What’s the definition of a civilization? Dictionary says, “a relatively high level of cultural and technological development.” In other terms, it is what one might like to call, an influential group of individuals or period in history. There are so many great examples of a civilization in this sense, the Roman Empire and the Renaissance being two of the greatest. But what about the time between such influential periods? Author William Manchester argues that it’s not.
The Middle Ages, or the Dark Ages, are what Manchester calls, “The densest of the medieval centuries.” (3)* Of course, this isn’t necessarily the only way to put it. It is known that this time period is called the “Dark Ages” because of its lack of development. It cannot be considered an influential time period, as it did not have the same importance as the preceding and succeeding eras.
Manchester supported the term “Dark Ages” to describe this historical era due to the lack of intellectual development. To illustrate, no new ideas and no new inventions took place.** The world we lived in was truly one lit “only by fire,” in that strict, most primitive sense. He explains that “Intellectual life had vanished from Europe. Even Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman emperor and the greatest of all medieval rulers, was illiterate.” (3) This era wasn’t exactly influential, yet it is still thoroughly taught in our school systems. In this sense, A World Lit Only by Fire is basically reviled by professional historians of
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