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The Dark Ages: An Age of Light
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“Enlightening and entertaining” —The Sunday Times (U.K.)
The extraordinary art of an overlooked era
The early Middle Ages have been dismissed as a step backwards for civilization—a barbaric time in which warfare and conquest eclipsed learning and progress. But were the “Dark Ages” really so bleak? Art historian Waldemar Januszczak (Every Picture Tells a Story) says no, then takes us on an artistic journey back to this much-maligned epoch to reveal the evidence. He travels from Britain to North Africa and from Byzantium to Spain, finding beauty and refinement where one might have expected only brutality and destruction.
With Januszczak as a gregarious guide, witness the mysteries of early Christian art, Islam’s masterly mosques, intricate Anglo-Saxon metalwork, and the painstakingly illuminated Lindisfarne Gospels. Along the way, discover that the people who rose from the ashes of the Roman Empire did not lack for wisdom or beauty—they created their own age of light.
Writer and filmmaker Waldemar Januszczak has been the art critic for the Sunday Times (U.K.) since 1992. He has twice been honored as Critic of the Year by the Press Association of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
• 12-page booklet with a timeline of the Dark Ages; articles on Christendom, Islam’s Golden Age, and the Byzantine Empire; and a glossary of barbarians
• Biography of Waldemar Januszczak
Top Customer Reviews
The four episodes include:
THE CLASH OF THE GODS
WHAT THE BARBARIANS DID FOR US
THE WONDER OF ISLAM
THE MEN OF THE NORTH
The visuals in this series are so stunning, its easy to get lost in the past. You'll get a taste of Gothic architecture, Christian symbolism, Islam treasures, and Viking jewelry. This series truly shows that Dark Age weren't nearly as dark as their name implies and even shows us that no matter how different we are, the beauty of human creativity is a constant that weaves all us together throughout all the ages.
SDH SUBTITLES for all 4 hour-long episodes.
1 THE CLASH OF THE GODS--Persecuted Christians looked for new ways to visualize their God. Symbols evolved, placed on the tombs and artifacts surviving to today's modern times. They decorated elaborate worship spaces as well.
2 WHAT THE BARBARIANS DID FOR US--Barbarians caused Rome to fall. They took to Christianity and thus produced some of the greatest earthly architecture and artistic achievements of the Dark Ages. Huns--Vandals--Goths of the 4th century; misunderstood groups.
3 THE WONDER OF ISLAM--The Arabians birthed the Islam faith and it spread to the Christian regions. Islam art forms traveled with the movement and left a footprint behind. Its architecture was a wonder; a graphic eye-delight.
4 THE MEN OF THE NORTH--Viking raids on Ireland and Britain was a method to steal the monk's art treasures. However, the raiders were as accomplished in creating their own jewelry, calligraphy, Gospels, and bling.
A worthy addition for any artistic library: home, public, university, or gallery.
I am a fan of Januszczak, and enjoyed the series episodes 1-3. But not being able to watch the 4th episode makes the series as a whole a very poor purchase via Amazon video.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I want to give this more stars, but even though I managed to 1) get a hold of an Amazon customer service rep (yeah--it shouldn't be that hard), and 2) I received assurances the... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Cynthia Campbell
A brilliant approach to medieval history, from the view of an art historian. Excellent on location shots capture the era.Published 1 month ago by Dr. J.
Another fabulous series by Januszczak. I am always delighted by his knowledge and his enthusiasm for his subject matter. And I always learn something new from him. Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. E. Jarvis
Wonderful tempo and presentation. Great presenter. Presented a much more objective viewpoint than I've had the privilege of learning before. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dr. Carmen Lanning
Excellent! I learned a great deal and will go back and watch it again many more times.Published 9 months ago by E. James Archer
Part one of the DVD did not sufficiently address the literature and architecture of the period.Published 10 months ago by Valentine Belfiglio