The Dark Ages
After the fall of Rome and before the rebirth of the Renaissance, Europe survived six centuries of continental revolution characterized by famine, plague and bloodshed-a time known as the Dark Ages. At its worst, life in the Dark Ages was miserable, brutish and-for the fortunate-short. However, through the darkness shone scattered rays of light, men and women who tended the flame of progress while the world around them descended into chaos. Those points of light brought about the footprint of modern Europe both politically and culturally.