• The Dark Ages

  • A Captivating Guide to the Period Between the Fall of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Randy Whitlow
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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!

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A very solid overview

This book was a very solid refresher on history of the dark ages. It wasn’t particularly exciting, but I think that’s what you get for a book that covers such a broad topic. I look forward to finding more specific books about the interesting individuals I heard about here.

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A good overview.

While quite light on details, this is a good, easy to listen to, overview of the chronology of the early Middle Ages.
While it’s not a deep dive, It makes for a solid introduction to the subject.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • Amelia L Norman
  • 04-17-20

Could be better than that

The author takes you there and walks you around. What could be greater than that! While one would love to go and see things first hand, regrettably for some of us that just isn't in the tags financially. Keep up the good work CH and I'll keep listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-21

wanted more

great story, I just wished it was longer. audible wants more words from me