The Dark Ages: The Middle Ages

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The Dark Ages, also known as the Middle Age, was a period of time between the fall of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the Renaissance, in which a number of religious conflicts arose. Many people argue whether the Middle Ages were actually dark, or if the term “Dark Age” is an inaccurate description. Although there were several advancements made, there was also an immense decline in the economy which caused many problems.

The Middle Ages were, in fact, a difficult time for Europeans to live in, due to the widespread amount of famine, war, and disease. Thus, including “The Black Death,” a plague that killed millions of people around the late 1340s. Due to conflict, many violent disputes occurred around the time Europe began to depopulate.

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