Barbarians: Secrets of the Dark Ages - Richard RudgleyLondon: Channel 4 Books, 2002, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' name & date to the first blank.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs;
From the cover: “Rome is falling…
It is the time of the barbarians.
The Dark Ages are little-known and little-understood. Conventional history portrays it as an ominous and dangerous period precipitated by the fall of Rome. We are led to believe that the torch of civilisation flickered only in the monasteries that dotted the landscape of a Europe engulfed in the darkness of barbarism.
Barbarians: Secrets of the Dark Ages challenges the accepted view of events passed down to us by Roman accounts of the barbarian world. The Romans, like every imperial power, had a vested interest in propagating their own version of history. There are few indigenous accounts to contradict the Roman view, but reading between the lines, archaeological investigation and critical analysis allow many cultural voices to emerge out of the darkness…
Our own ancestors, long portrayed as barbarians, were much more than that. Their art, their society and their cultural legacy have shaped and moulded the destiny of Europe more than the Roman Empire that once held them in its vice-like grip. Attacking armies thundered across the continent, dealing massive blows to the ancient superpower. The barbarian forces were formidable on both land and sea, and their repeated assaults led to the inevitable breakdown of the Roman machine.
In Barbarians, Richard Rudgley examines the fall of Rome, the Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain and the rise of the Vikings, as the ethnic mosaic of Europe changed beyond recognition. Tracing the progress of the Goths, Huns, Vandals and other barbarian peoples, the vibrant, colourful and often violent lives of the leaders and kings are explored. Rudgley also considers the lasting effect of barbarian culture on our own lives — why do we claim Anglo-Saxons as our ancestors? Why and how has the English language left us such a powerful legacy?”