The Middle ages began after the fall of the Roman Empire
The Middle ages began after the fall of the Roman Empire. It can be defined as a time of minimal cultural and scientific achievements, suffering, feudalism, and power of the church. The labels for the Middle Ages that best describe the era between 500 and 1400 in Europe are the Dark Ages, the Age of Feudalism, and the Age of Faith.
The Middle Ages should be labeled the Dark Ages because of the years of suffering that was inflicted from invasions. Invaders, usually from the north, would come into towns and completely lay waste to everything. These invasions made people live in fear and abandon their homes in refuge of safer places. In document one, “They sacked town and village, and laid waste the fields…there is no longer any trade, only unceasing terror…the people have gone to cower in the depths of the forest or inaccessible regions.” Besides people’s homes being destroyed from invasions. Many people were killed and their belongings and even loved ones taken. In document 3, “842, in this year there was a great slaughter in London and Quentavic and Rochester…843 the Northmen, with their boats filled with botty, including both men and goods, return to their own country.” The dark Ages has a negative connotation to it, so this label rightly matches the terrible invasions that occurred leaving families devastated.