The Dark Ages May 23, 2012
Medieval Times • Comes from the Latin words medium aevum, meaning Middle Age • The early Middle Ages can be referred to as the Dark Ages
After the fall of Rome • Several Germanic barbarians tribes ruled Europe • No law & order • Business became impossible • Roads and bridges crumbled • schools closed, • Art, architecture and literature suffered
Germanic Tribes • Strengths and weaknesses? • Appointment of rulers and generals? • System of Governance? • Where did they live? • Daily Life? • Funeral rites?
The Franks • One of the largest Germanic Tribes • United under a warrior king named Clovis • The first Germanic King to adopt Christianity • Established Paris as the capital city • ‘Land of the Franks’ became known as France