The Dark Ages (The History Channel)

The Dark Ages (The History Channel)

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At its height in the second century A.D., the Roman Empire was the beacon of learning, trade, power and prosperity in the western world. But the once-powerful Rome--rotten to the core by the fifth century--lay open to barbarian warriors who came in wave after wave of invasion, slaughtering, stealing, and ultimately, settling. As chaos replaced culture, Europe was beset by famine, plague, persecutions, and a state of war that was so persistent it was only rarely interrupted by peace. THE DARK AGES profiles those who battled to shape the future, from the warlords whose armies threatened to case the demise of European society, like Alaric, Charles the Hammer, and Clovis; to the men and women who valiantly tended the flames of justice, knowledge, and innovation including Charlemagne, St. Benedict, Empress Theodora, and other brave souls who fought for peace and enlightenment. It was in the shadows of this turbulent millennium that the seeds of modern civilization were sown.

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Three Stars, September 2, 2014
Average. Not much info for the price. agrade of C minus.

This is one of my favorite documentaries of all time, August 31, 2014
This is one of my favorite documentaries of all time. I love this time in history so when I saw it on Amazon I had to have it. What I was NOT expecting was the bonus I got when I turned the DVD over to check out if there were any bonus features. To my delight, there is another entire documentary on the Black Death of the 14th century on here as well. This happens to be another one of my favorites from the History Channel. I was very happy with this purchase!

Thinking we are entering into the Dark ages ourselves with ..., August 21, 2014
Thinking we are entering into the Dark ages ourselves with what is happening in America and around the world today.

Two Stars, July 10, 2014
Text don't work in movie. I am hard to hear.:(

Educational, July 7, 2014
This was a very good addition to our homeschool study on the Dark Ages. It was concisely thorough and provided a nice overview of the era.

...surprisingly light and upbeat tone..., June 23, 2014
Although titled: "the Dark Ages", this film has a surprisingly light and upbeat tone to it. Obviously it had to deal with the tough issues like the plague that wiped out at least a third or more of mankind in Europe; but then again, it found some positives in the monasteries where education and writing were preserved and some pieces of history were also protected and maintained while the rest of the world was overwhelmed by lawlessness and disorder. Remembering that most of what we know came down from a very few writers, I feel we are lucky they even bothered to preserve what they saw on the rare tablets they came by. This is a fascinating view for those of you who haven't already seen it on the History Channel! rl

Dark Ages, April 28, 2014
History is very much of interest to me as try to become more acquainted with pieces of history that I am not familiar. It seems as time passes, what I have learned in the past has become fuzzy. I like having references that I can restore sections of history that I should have remembered from my time in school. Thanks for making this section of history available.

Students interested, teacher satisfied, April 18, 2014
A little overdramatic, but does the job. Makes my 9th graders far more interested in the European Medieval Era. Also does a fine job explaining how and why this time came to be. Could do without the cheesy overdramatic narrator. Let history speak for itself.

You would think I would get tired of it by now!, April 8, 2014
I have watched this video so many times that you would think I would get tired of it by now. It covers so much though, that each time I learn more. Without a doubt a great addition to any history collection.

The period of ca 300 BCE to ca 1300 CE, April 6, 2014
Useful for teaching! The period known as the Dark Ages (or more accurately the MIDDLE AGES) the the story of a giant step backwards in the civilization of Europe and a 1000 year struggle to regain was was lost.