Dark Ages

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Russell Lebo
The Dark Ages
12/4/12
The period called the Dark Ages is a period of time where Europeans made progress despite enormous difficulties. There are six main things that contributed to calling this time the Dark Ages. They include the fall of Rome, a mini ice age, The Great Schism, plague, peasant revolt, and the Hundred Years War. The fall of Rome began when a man named Alaric launched his third attack on the city of Rome. Alaric, the leader of the Visigoths, was forced out of Germany by Attila the Hun and his army leaving them no other choice but to invade Rome for the third time. After the fall of Rome, there was a mini ice age, which caused many health, food, and water problems. The Great Schism caused political and economic problems in Rome; between France and Rome they could not pick a Pope. At a period of time during The Great Schism there were three different Popes, creating major controversy between countries. The Bubonic Plague swept through Europe killing about a hundred million people. Peasant revolt came into action because of King Richards II’s law about wages. No peasant could be paid more than they were paid in 1346, no high power could offer a better wage than what they offered in 1346, and no peasant could leave the village they belong to. The Hundred Years War also conflicted, thus making it another reason to call this period the Dark Ages. Despite some good things that went on during the Dark Ages, it really has it downs in the mix. This was a period of time full of plague, greed, fighting, economic difficulties, and a lack of technology. The Dark Ages began with the fall of Rome in 410 AD, when Alaric launched his third attack, crippling Rome’s food and water supply. When all of Rome was almost starved, Alaric came in and took what he could to prevent his army and his self from starving. Attila the Hun and his army indirectly forced this upon the Romans by forcing Alaric out of Germany. During the 3rd century, there was...
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