The Dark Ages is a historical periodization traditionally referring to the Middle Ages, that asserts that a demographic, cultural, and economic deterioration occurred in Western Europe following the decline of the Roman Empire. The term employs traditional light-versus-darkness imagery to contrast the era's ”darkness” (lack of records) with earlier and later periods of ”light” (abundance of records).The concept of a ”Dark Age” originated in the 1330s with the Italian scholar Petrarch, who regarded the post-Roman centuries as ”dark” compared to the light of classical antiquity. The Dark Ages Collection features: HISTORY OF THE LATER ROMAN EMPIRE, by J.B. Bury THE STORY OF THE GOTHS, by Henry Bradley THE DARK AGES, by Charles Oman VISIGOTHS PILLAGE ROME, by Edward Gibbon HUNS INVADE THE EASTERN ROMAN EMPIRE; ATTILA DICTATES A TREATY OF PEACE, by Edward Gibbon THE ENGLISH CONQUEST OF BRITAIN, by John Green & Charles Knight ATTILA INVADES WESTERN EUROPE; BATTLE OF CHÂLONS, by Edward Creasy & Edward Gibbon FOUNDATION OF VENICE, by Thomas Hodgkin & John Ruskin CLOVIS FOUNDS THE KINGDOM OF THE FRANKS: IT BECOMES CHRISTIAN, by Francois Guizot PUBLICATION OF THE JUSTINIAN CODE, by Edward Gibbon AUGUSTINE'S MISSIONARY WORK IN ENGLAND, by Venerable Bede & John Green THE HEGIRA; CAREER OF MAHOMET: THE KORAN: AND MAHOMETAN CREED, by Washington Irving & Simon Ockley THE SARACEN CONQUEST OF SYRIA, by Simon Ockley SARACENS CONQUER EGYPT; DESTRUCTION OF THE LIBRARY AT ALEXANDRIA, by Washington Irving EVOLUTION OF THE DOGESHIP IN VENICE, by William Hazlitt SARACENS IN SPAIN: BATTLE OF THE GUADALETE, by Ahmed ibn Mahomet Al-Makkari BATTLE OF TOURS, by Edward Creasy FOUNDING OF THE CARLOVINGIAN DYNASTY; PÉPIN THE SHORT USURPS THE FRANKISH CROWN, by Francois Guizot CAREER OF CHARLEMAGNE, by Francois Guizot EGBERT BECOMES KING OF THE ANGLO-SAXON HEPTARCHY, by David Hume
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