The Medieval Age : The Dark Age Of The Dark Ages

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The most desolate time period in history lasted roughly from A.D. 400 to A.D. 1000 and was plagued with no social progress, incessant warfare, lawlessness, recurring epidemics, and low intellect of the people. This was considered the Dark Age, or the medieval ages. The Dark Ages are thought of by historians to be extremely dim, no notable progress, and controlled heavily by the rise of the Christian Church. The medieval age followed the decline of the Roman empire which fell in the fifth century due to barbaric attacks, strength of the empire’s rulers, and religious changes of the period. The same problems of the Roman Empire continued into the medieval ages. William Manchester author of A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance, Portrait of an Age discusses the concept of the medieval mind and the history of the time period. According to Manchester the medieval world was not a civilization, “If by civilization one means a society which has reached a relatively high level of cultural ad technological development, the answer is no” (Manchester, 15). The medieval age had no accomplishments and actually led to a decline of society since the Roman Empire. The medieval ages are characterized by a specific mindset of the medieval people, a narrow world view, and the heavy influence of the Christian Church. During the Dark Ages the medieval mindset was characterized by little intellectual life, no movement towards innovation, and no sense of self or self
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