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  • Written by: Charles Oman
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Written by: Charles Oman
Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
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Publisher's Summary

The Dark Ages is the story of the birth of Western civilization. It was a harrowing crucible of war, destruction, and faith. For over 100 years, Charles Oman's famous history has remained one of the finest sources for the study of this period. Covering a period of 500 years and an area stretching from Northern Germany to Egypt, this is the definitive history that will alter your conceptions of a period of history that gave birth to the civilization we live in today.

Table of contents:

Chapter 1: Odoacer and Theodoric, 476-493
Chapter 2: Theodoric King of Italy, 493-526
Chapter 3: The Emperors at Constantinople, 476-527
Chapter 4: Chlodovech and the Franks in Gaul, 481-511
Chapter 5: Justinian and His Wars, 528-540
Chapter 6: Justinian (Continued), 540-565
Chapter 7: The Earlier Frankish Kings and Their Organisation of Gaul, 511-561
Chapter 8: The Visigoths in Spain, 531-603
Chapter 9: The Successors of Justinian, 565-610
Chapter 10: Decline and Decay of the Merovingians, 561-656
Chapter 11: The Lombards in Italy and the Rise of the Papacy, 568-653
Chapter 12: Heraclius and Muhammed, 610-641
Chapter 13: The Decline and Fall of the Visigoths, 603-711
Chapter 14: The Contest of the Eastern Empire and the Caliphate, 641-717
Chapter 15: The History of the Great Mayors of the Palace, 656-720
Chapter 16: The Lombards and the Papacy, 653-743
Chapter 17: Charles Martel and His Wars, 720-741
Chapter 18: The Iconoclast Emperors: State of the Eastern Empire in the Eighth Century, 717-802
Chapter 19: Pippin the Short: Wars of the Franks and Lombards, 741-768
Chapter 20: Charles the Great: Early Years, 768-785...Conquest of Lombardy and Saxony
Chapter 21: The Later Wars and Conquests of Charles the Great, 785-814
Chapter 22: Charles the Great and the Empire
Chapter 23: Louis the Pious, 814-840
Chapter 24: Disruption of the Frankish Empire: The Coming of the Vikings, 840-855
Chapter 25: The Darkest Hour, 855-887: From the Death of Lothair I to the Deposition of Charles the Fat
Chapter 26: Italy and Sicily in the Ninth Century, 827-924
Chapter 27: Germany, 888-918
Chapter 28: The Eastern Empire in the Ninth Century, 802-912
Chapter 29: The End of the Ninth Century in Western Europe: Conclusion

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That Audible keeps putting up history books without chapter titles. I want to know what I’m planning on listening to in more detail. I’m not looking for surprises here. Sometimes I choose to skip a period. And I want a reminder if what I’ve already heard.

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The reading was beautiful, and the writing was artistic and enjoyable, overall a beautiful read and a great experience.

However, the text is markedly dated, inserting value judgements all over the place, disdaining "barbarians" as primitive, even occasionally straying into light racism.

Overall a great book to read for enjoyment, but not necessarily for good unbiased education.

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