Barbarians to Angels by Peter S. Wells
The Dark Ages Reconsidered

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A rich and surprising look at the robust European culture that thrived after the collapse of Rome.

The barbarians who destroyed the glory that was Rome demolished civilization along with it, and for the next four centuries the peasants and artisans of Europe barely held on. Random violence, mass migration, disease, and starvation were the only ways of life. This is the picture of the Dark Ages that most historians promote. But archaeology tells a different story. Peter Wells, one of the world’s leading archaeologists, surveys the archaeological record to demonstrate that the Dark Ages were not dark at all. The kingdoms of Christendom that emerged starting in the ninth century sprang from a robust, previously little-known European culture, albeit one that left behind few written texts.

About Peter S. Wells

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Peter S. Wells is professor of anthropology at the University of Minnesota. His many books include "Barbarians to Angels: The Dark Ages Reconsidered" and "The Barbarians Speak: How the Conquered Peoples Shaped Roman Europe" (Princeton).
Published August 24, 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company. 256 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Our traditional view of the period is based on The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and a handful of other texts whose authors favored the cultural ideal of all things Roman, declares Wells.

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Norton & Company Product Description A surprising look at the least-appreciated yet profoundly important period of European history: the so-called Dark Ages.The barbarians who destroyed the glory that wa...

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