Barbarians (book)

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Barbarians: Secrets of the Dark Ages
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Author(s) Richard Rudgley
Language English
Genre(s) History
Publisher Arktos
Publication year 2014
Pages 286
ISBN 1910524077

Barbarians: Secrets of the Dark Ages is a book by British author Richard Rudgley, published in 2014 by Arktos.

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""Rome is falling... It is the time of the barbarians. Conventional history portrays the Dark Ages as an ominous period precipitated by the fall of Rome. We are led to believe that the torch of civilisation flickered only in isolated monasteries that dotted the landscape of a Europe otherwise engulfed in darkness. Barbarians: Secrets of the Dark Ages challenges the accepted view of events passed down to us by the Roman accounts of the barbarian world. The Romans, like every imperial power, had a vested interest in propagating their own view of history but if we read between the lines and delve deep into the archaeological record multiple cultural vistas emerge from the shadows of Rome. Our own ancestors were much more than barbarians – their languages, arts and other cultural treasures have shaped and moulded the destiny of Europe more than the Roman Empire that once held them in its vice-like grip. It is the ethnic mosaic of the Huns, Goths, Vandals, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and others that the author reveals in this retelling of an often misunderstood time in our collective history.[1]

  • It is rare that a historical documentary can genuinely shake your view of the world, but by pointing out Western stifling reverence for Roman culture, Rudgley succeedsSunday Times
  • The barbarian societies of the Dark Ages were to provide the fertile soil from which the nation states of today were eventually to grow. And this very soil continues to yield up artefacts that testify to the great cultural achievements of the barbarians. – p. 263


Books by the same author

  • The Return of Odin: The Modern Renaissance of Pagan Imagination Inner Traditions, 2018 (original published in 2006 by Century)
  • Essential Substances, Arktos, 2014
  • Wildest Dreams, Arktos, 2014
  • Barbarians, Arktos, 2014
  • The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age, Touchstone, 2000
  • Secrets of the Stone Age: A Prehistoric Journey, Century 2000
  • Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Substances by Richard Rudgley, Thomas Dunne, 1998
  • Pagan Resurrection: A Force for Evil or the Future of Western Spirituality?, Random House, 2006

Publication data

  • Barbarians: Secrets of the Dark Ages, Richard Rudgley, 2014, Arktos, ISBN-10: 1910524077, ISBN-13: 978-1-910524-07-7

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