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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Dark Ages, then pay attention....

Following the fall of Rome in 476 CE, the entire dynamic of Europe underwent a complete shift in power and culture. The Dark Ages was an interesting period of about six centuries, and during it, Europe was still trying to figure out what it was and how it would survive the chaos that followed the fall of Rome. 

In The Dark Ages: A Captivating Guide to the Period Between the Fall of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance, you will discover topics such as:

  • The misconception of the Dark Ages
  • The world after Rome
  • The rise of the Christian Church
  • Rome continues – The Byzantine Empire
  • The rise of the Caliphate and the conquest of Spain
  • The Lombard Kingdom
  • Charlemagne
  • The Treaty of Verdun and the Rurik Dynasty – beginnings of modern nations
  • Alfred the Great
  • Otto 1 and the founding of a loose federation
  • The Reign of Venice
  • The Vikings
  • The second half of the Middle Ages
  • The Renaissance
  • And much, much more!

So if you want to learn more about the Dark Ages, scroll up and click the "Add to Cart" button!

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  • Johnny B Swartz
  • 28-04-2020

Balanced. and entertaining content.

This is a controversial subject, the author did not choose sides on the pro Empire versus, the pro-progressive notion of state. However, he shed light on the subject of Empire in a most entertaining way.

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  • Troy D Reed
  • 28-04-2020

A pleasant surprise

I anticipated a more stinging review of the rapid failure of the Roman Empire. What I found was patience and more history on conditions in Rome.

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  • Beverly Johnson
  • 28-04-2020

Lessons from our shared past ..

This is an interesting work with insightful similarities drawn between the two cultures. However, in the end, it feels as though the author hedges to the point that the audiobook loses its impact, and the central question is never answered.

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  • Bill A Johnson
  • 28-04-2020

Interesting book with insightful parallels

Since this is a commonly shared comparison it will not due to comment. However, the audible is well addressed and thoughtfully compiled.
History and insight are hallmarks to an interesting subject.

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  • Steven H Vitagliano
  • 28-04-2020

I found it okay, not the best one.

I actually haven't seen around to listening all of it yet, but the pieces I've listened to were okay. It didn't interest me as much as I thought it would.

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  • Arlene K Benard
  • 28-04-2020

Excellent insights if a bit stretched

The audible is a pleasure to have if you like history, what an amazing job. Agreed with just about every section.

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  • Candis Clouser
  • 28-04-2020

The work is a delight

the author, completely informed on both tallies, seemingly had the time of his life when composing, as this listener had when listening.

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  • Mary T Williams
  • 26-04-2020

The Roman Empire

The author's philosophy of history and his elevation of historiography is a great match for the quantity of his subject, Rome, and the processes of human nature.

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  • Alexia J Lee
  • 26-04-2020

Five Stars for The Dark Ages

The author covers the decline of the Roman Empire in typical 18th-century writing: very wordy. I would like to have seen more dates. A required resource for anyone studying the history of the Roman Empire.

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  • Phyllis Johnsen
  • 26-04-2020

Superb classic

This is an amazing accumulation of the works of Captivating History in an easy to understand way, The Dark Ages.

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  • Paul
  • 30-06-2020

Good primer but not for those who know the area

It’s Ok as an intro but not if you are looking for depth and wider perspectives

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  • Sienna W Hobbs
  • 28-04-2020

Excellent descriptive analysis

A much more upbeat critique than Tainter; worth listening and balancing against each other. Worth knowing for the fascinating little details about Roman life alone that are scattered throughout the audible.

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  • Andrew A Carter
  • 28-04-2020

Stimulating speculation about America's fate

A quick and enjoyable content that hits on various areas of identity and diversity. A more in-depth aspect of factors like environmental degeneration and disorders of epidemics in the fall of Rome would have added another coat of plenty to the mix, but attentive readers can find those topics covered elsewhere.

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  • Melissa H Garner
  • 28-04-2020

Fascinating Comparison Indeed

The differences between Rome and America do not in any clear cut fashion overcome the comparisons. No solid conclusion is reached as to whether we are Rome.

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  • Libby Z Slater
  • 28-04-2020

Smart and alert analysis

The author examines and distinguishes Rome and America. Interesting connections are recognized and addressed insignificant detail but profound differences are not overlooked.

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  • Phoebe K Owen
  • 28-04-2020

America is not invincible

This audible provides a fascinating similarity between the future of the Roman empire and the likely end of our existing efforts to become the world's superpower.

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  • Eve L Gibson
  • 28-04-2020

Earily reminiscent

This is a great audible. It is very well written and provides comprehensive notes and details.

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  • Matilda C Finch
  • 26-04-2020

Easy to follow information/historical characters

Since I love this type of classical history, I find this work almost like a reference. Not a fiction for sure. One can quickly find the era and events.

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  • Isabel J Mahmood
  • 26-04-2020

Good, but probably better in paper

This is a complicated but swift view on the cast of characters who made Rome, its history, and culture.

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  • Molly S Nelson
  • 26-04-2020

Exceptionally Well Written

What can I state, a timeless vintage that regrettably not many people today have the intellect to appreciate.

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