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The Dark Ages: An Age of Light is an historical documentary mini-series. This television series explores the Dark Ages. The Dark Ages are an often misunderstood part of history. This documentary takes an in-depth look at the development of architecture and art in that time. It examines this part of history as an age when progress was made in humanity's climb to modern civilization. The advances in concepts of both art and architecture and their historical significance are the focus of this historical series.

This documentary takes a new look at the Dark Ages and highlights the progress of humanity.

Tuesday 9:00 PM et/pt on BBC FOUR
1 Season, 4 Episodes
November 27, 2012
Documentary & Biography, History
Cast: Shaun Greenhalgh
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The Dark Ages: An Age of Light Full Episode Guide

  • Waldemar Januszczak turns his attention to the north of Europe, examining how Vikings marked their territory with rune stones, and decorated their long ships with intricate embellishment. He also investigates the jewellery and manuscript illumination created by the Irish and Anglo-Saxons, and examines how the Carolingians forecast their future as successors to Rome in the art they left behind.

  • The 'Barbarians' are often blamed for the collapse of the Roman Empire, but in reality they were fascinating civilisations that produced magnificent art. Focusing on the Huns, Vandals and Goths, Waldemar follows each tribe's journey across Europe and discovers the incredible art they produced along the way.

  • How Christianity emerged into the Roman Empire as an artistic force in the third century.

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