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Subject: The Dark Ages
Date Posted: 11/30/2009 5:57 PM ET
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Does anyone know of any books about what brought about the Dark Ages?  What events occoured and that lead to the Dark ages.  I find it fascinating that we as humanity took such a large step backwards (at least it seems to me) and I would like to know why.

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 6:18 PM ET
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Judy, Are you asking about historical fiction or non-fiction? If fiction, you might try Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd, Dawn of Empire by Sam Barone, or The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel. I don't know how much these go into the why of the matter, but they do cover very early times.

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 6:26 PM ET
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I just read a review of a non-fiction book in the Renaissance Magazine, let me see if it is online...hum, I don't see it. I'll look tonight and let you know.

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 8:19 PM ET
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Ok, found it (and I agree with his thesis) The Inheiritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages 400-1000 by Chris Wickham



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Date Posted: 11/30/2009 8:42 PM ET
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I borrowed this one from my library and thought it was a good basic overview of the beginning of the Dark Ages -

 

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780393335392-Barbarians+to+Angels+The+Dark+Ages+Reconsidered

It may not be exactly what you are looking for though. He makes his conclusions based on archaeological finds that he says shows the Dark Ages were not as dark as previously thought. I found it a short, but interesting read.

Would you rather have novels that are set during the Dark Ages?



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Date Posted: 11/30/2009 8:48 PM ET
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It's not a book, but The History Channel has a documentary about the Dark Ages.  It was fascinating.

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 8:48 PM ET
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Oh, wow, I want the one Mimi mentioned! It sounds good!

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 9:07 PM ET
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How the Irish Saved Civilization is one of the most enjoyable histories I've ever read. It details how none of the Dark Ages barbarian hordes bothered with tiny Ireland, leaving the monks there free to copy the books of the Bible and classical works that might otherwise have been lost.


The author (Thomas Cahill) does a really good job bringing the reader up to speed on what happened when the Roman Empire crumbled.



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Date Posted: 12/1/2009 5:19 PM ET
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Thanks for the great suggestions, I deffinatley found some books to add to my WL and RL.