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In defence of the ‘Dark Ages’

Around 410, most of the Roman troops left Britain, never to return, and the island ceased to be a part of the Roman empire. The period of about two centuries that followed is probably one of the most problematic in the
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English Heritage and the Dark Ages

“In the Dark Ages”, wrote Henry Thomas Buckle in 1857, “men were credulous and ignorant”. Buckle is the historian often credited with coining the phrase “Dark Ages” as a label for a period of English history. These
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