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Barbarians to Angels By Peter S. Wells

Barbarians to Angels
by Peter S. Wells

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A surprising look at the least-appreciated yet profoundly important period of European history: the so-called Dark Ages.
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Barbarians to Angels: The Dark Ages Reconsidered by Peter S. Wells

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 way of life. This is the picture of the Dark Ages that most historians promote. But archaeology tells a different story. Peter S. 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. This recently recognized culture achieved heights in artistry, technology, craft production, commerce, and learning. Future assessments of the period between Rome and Charlemagne will need to incorporate this fresh new picture.

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About Peter S. Wells


Peter S. Wells is professor of archaeology at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of The Battle That Stopped Rome and The Barbarians Speak. He lives in St. Paul.

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GOR010250354
Barbarians to Angels: The Dark Ages Reconsidered by Peter S. Wells
Peter S. Wells
Used - Good
Hardback
WW Norton & Co
2008-07-17
256
0393060756
9780393060751
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The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.