The Dark Ages was a time period between 400-1400 AD. When you hear that it automatically makes you think of an unpropitious time. A time where Europe was not prosperous. Where everything was in despair. But is that accurate? Was there a dark age after the fall of Rome? Some people say that the Dark Ages were like stars in a dark sky. The Dark ages should be more known as the Middle Ages. There is a lot of evidence in the documents that prove the Dark Ages weren’t that dark.The Middle Ages was a time that had educational prosperity. A lot of prestigious universities were made between 400 – 1400 AD. In Document F, it says that over 9 universities were established in that time period. It may not be a very reliable source however if you do your own research you can see it is very accurate. This contradicts with the popular belief that there was no educational growth between 400-1400 AD.There was also a lot of governmental control during that time. Document D corroborates with that thought. It shows that there were laws being made during the Middle Ages. This document counters the textbook claim about lack of government order It shows a rate of currency that they used during that time. In order for there to have a stable currency, there would have to be some kind of government. There is at least some structured economic activity.In the Textbook A excerpt it says that it was a time period of cultural decline. However, Document G contradicts that statement. The document talks about different types of architecture that were built during the Middle Ages. Even though there is a great deal of evidence that says the time period between 400-1400 AD was considered a dark age. There were at least some accomplishments being made during that time period.The Dark Ages were an exceedingly difficult period in the story of humanity. It is estimated that 100 million people died at the hands of war, poverty, and plague. But during this time new ideas and ideals were born and much of the groundwork was laid for the world we know today.