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C.J. Adrien is a French-American author of Viking Historical Fiction with a passion for Viking history. His two series are inspired by research conducted in preparation for a doctoral program in early medieval history as well as his admiration for historical fiction writers such as Bernard Cornwell and Ken Follett. He is also a published historian on the subject of Vikings, with articles featured in historical journals such as L’Association des Amis de Noirmoutier, in France. His novels and expertise have earned him invitations to speak at several international events, including the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), conferences on Viking history in France, among ...more

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C.J. Adrien Great question! There are two distinct traditions in academia governing the delineation of the historical timeline.

The first tradition is the…more
Great question! There are two distinct traditions in academia governing the delineation of the historical timeline.

The first tradition is the Continental European tradition (France, Germany, Italy) in which the period known as the Middle Ages (Moyen Age in French) designates the period between antiquity (fall of Rome, 5th Century) and the Renaissance (A French word for a movement which began in...Italy). In this tradition, the Middle Ages are over 1,200 years long.

The second tradition is the more Anglo tradition which splits the Middle Ages into three parts: the Dark Ages (5th-11th centuries), Early Middle Ages (11th-14th Centuries), and the High Middle Ages (14th-15th Centuries). The accepted dates for the split of each time period are as follows:
Dark Ages: from the destruction of the Roman Empure in 476 A.D. to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.
Early Middle Ages: From 1066 A.D. to the battle of Agincourt in 1415 A.D. (i.e. the end of Chivalry).
High Middle Ages: 1415 A.D. to Columbus' "discovery" of America in 1492.

Of course, depending on who you ask, the second tradition will vary. For example, many feel the High Middle Ages end with Amerigo Vespucci's discovery of the mainland continent of America in 1500 A.D.

As per your question:
In the first tradition, the 10th Century would be considered to be the Early Middle Ages. In the second tradition, it would be considered as the Dark Ages (and yes, more towards the end).

Thanks for asking, and I hope you find the answer satisfactory.(less)
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