Dark Ages vs Medieval Ages
Dark Ages refers to the period characterized by the deterioration in the economic and cultural situations in Europe. Historians roughly fix the period as the period of Early Middle Ages. It is between 400 AD and 1000 AD. This is the period between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance.
The term, the Dark Ages was first coined by the Italian scholar Francesco Petrarca who was otherwise called Petrarch. It is interesting to note that there was religious struggle during the period of Dark Ages. The opposing perspectives of Protestants and Catholics prevailed during the period. The Protestants tried their best to recreate Christianity.
Catholics on the contrary considered this period of Dark Ages as productive era as far as the spreading of Christianity is concerned. In fact it can be said that the Catholics did not consider this period as a dark period at all.
Historians consider the Dark Ages as a period characterized by innumerable Muslim conquests. It can be said that the Middle Ages paved the way for the Medieval Ages. The empire founded by Charles the Great did not survive his death. Its major territories, namely, East and West Francia became the modern countries of France and Germany. West Francia became the modern France. East Francia became the modern Germany.
Historians feel that the formation of East Francia was represented by the Medieval Ages. It is interesting to note that the Medieval Ages is also called by the name Medieval Times. It is believed that Renaissance scholarship flourished in the Medieval Ages. Cultural relationships also became strong during the Medieval Ages.
Historians found that the people of the Medieval Ages were advanced in culture and produced masterpieces in art, literature, science and medicine. It was indeed the Medieval Ages that paved the way for the beginning of Renaissance.
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