When were they?
- The 'Dark Ages' started
when the Roman army left Britain and finished when the
ruled the whole of England.
- From about AD 410 to AD
- This was the time when
the British were ruling by themselves without Roman help. The
Saxons were fighting them and taking over parts of the
country. The Scots were fighting the Picts and taking over
parts of the country too.
- This period of history
is called 'Dark' because, in the past, historians knew very
little about it. They couldn't see any information in the
- We now know lots about
this period of history. So some historians don't like the term
'Dark Ages' any more.
- Some people call it
'Post-Roman' or 'Sub-Roman' times. The Romans did not reach
some parts of Britain though. So some people call this period
'Late Celtic' or 'Early Christian' times instead. Some people forget about
the Romano-British, the Scots
& the Picts and just call it 'Early Saxon' times. These
terms all mean the same thing.
- In England, the Dark
Ages were followed by Middle & Late Saxon Times. In
Scotland and Wales, this was just called the Early Medieval