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Old May 27 2013, 02:47 PM   #103
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Re: Have cultural standards gotten lower?

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The Dark Ages were never a term for the Middle Ages. They were applied in western Europe to roughly 500 to 900 CE.
No but it is a term for early medieval, which although Latin for Middle Ages, is more of a catch-all. At least the medieval historians I know include Dark Ages in their area of study.
I didn't know mediaevalist today study Visigothic Spain etc. As that is, no regular person means "early mediaeval" when they are talking "Middle Ages." That's why the term High Middle Ages is current when talking more popularly. I suspect that inclusion of the period has more to do with Arthuriana than anything else. Malory is definitely mediaeval, albeit late mediaeval (i.e., after the Black Death.) Ditto de Troyes et al.
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