In the aftermath of the Fall of the Western Roman Empire, a new era began in Europe and the Mediterranean world. The ancient certainties of the Pax Romana lay in ruins and while the eastern emperors, ruling from Constantinople, kept the light of Roman civilisation burning, in the west that light flickered and almost went out.
And so began the period of European history known as the Dark Ages, when out of the ruins of the Western Empire grew a number of successor kingdoms, ruled over by the barbarian peoples who inherited it. For the barbarians, this new settlement was the culmination of a period of defeat, migration and conquest known as the Völkerwanderung - the 'Wandering of the Peoples'.
The Dark Age Web contains much historical information about the era, and is organised into three main sections:
Other information about the site can be found here:
Thanks to the efforts of Rien van de Wall, this site is now available in Dutch translation at http://www.vroege-middeleeuwen.tk/ (Or just click on the flag).
Mark Furnival, 2000
This page was last updated on 10 August, 2002