Why the World was Bright in the Dark Ages


My specialism is Dark Ages England but the rest of the world still existed in the Dark Ages – and for some civilisations, it wasn’t even the Dark Ages but a Golden Age.

Trade existed between Anglo-Saxon England and the rest of the world. America and Australia were not part of the game, but many other countries were. The Silk Road from China must have been around as there is evidence of silk in England, as well as raw materials from Scandanavia, the rest of Europe, India, the Byzantine Empire, the MIddle East and the Far East. Not forgetting the Roman Empire of course.

The seventh century saw the birth of Mohammed and the rise of Islam and the holy book, the Qur’an was documented. The Sassand Empire of Persia ended as Islam conquered them along with Syria, Egypt, Palestine, North Africa and Armenia. The Roman Empire lost a lot of territory to Islam, too, as well as the Byzantine Empire. With the conquest of Egypt the Coptic period came to an end. Hardly the Dark Ages for Islam, but as with all conquests, there were many wars even between fellow Muslims.

Buddhism is declared as the official faith of China and the Chinese introduce the first paper money. The first record of a game, which later became chess, was documented. The game was called Chatrang and came from India via Persia and Greece. The stirrup also came to the west through Persia from China – the Chinese were very advanced at this time and had inventions we over here had not eventhought of.

The seventh century was also the birth of Bulgaria. The country was recognised by the Byzantine Empire after the race of people called the Bulgars defeated the Byzantines in 680, Bulgaria becoming a state the following year. In Teon, the great warrior Werbode fought for the Bulgars, although quite a few years before they found independance.

A map is essential for my research for my novels because I need to know where things came from and what routes were taken. Plus – I really love maps!

Look out for the map of the world in 700 AD

 (c) 2016 A.J. Sefton


One thought on “Why the World was Bright in the Dark Ages

  1. It is very true, what we think of as the Dark Ages for Europe was definitely a Golden Age in other parts of the world, particularly the Far East and the Islamic territories! It’s always amazing to me that even then trade existed world-wide.

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