Why I Use the Term ‘Dark Ages’

Kim Rendfeld

What should we call that period between roughly 500 and 1000, which includes the setting of my novels?

In my scholarly-like moments, I say early medieval times, but often, I’ll type Dark Ages.

That term riles some readers, and I can understand why. Dark Ages conjures a stereotype of a dim, smoky hall with a bunch of drunken, grunting guys who’d start knife fights at the slightest offense. While early medieval times were hardly ideal by my 21st century standards, I don’t like this oversimplified version of history, and I get irritated with questions like, “But how could those barbarians have art?”

True, most of the population couldn’t read, many children died of disease before age 5, teenage girls were married to older men, and wars were common. But we could say that about a lot of societies and eras. This time period did have its share of…

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Celtic Fairies, Fables, and Folklore! Bestselling author (top #100 Amazon Canada, #1 in Paranormal Fantasy, Amazon Canada) Christy Nicholas, also known as Green Dragon, is an author, artist and accountant. After she failed to become an airline pilot, she quit her ceaseless pursuit of careers that begin with 'A', and decided to concentrate on her writing. Since she has Project Completion Disorder, she is one of the few authors with NO unfinished novels. Christy has her hands in many crafts, including digital art, beaded jewelry, writing, and photography. In real life, she's a CPA, but having grown up with art all around her (her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother are/were all artists), it sort of infected her, as it were. She wants to expose the incredible beauty in this world, hidden beneath the everyday grime of familiarity and habit, and share it with others. She uses characters out of time and places infused with magic and myth. Combine this love of beauty with a bit of financial sense and you get an art business. She does local art and craft shows, as well as sending her art to various science fiction conventions throughout the country and abroad. Facebook: www.facebook.com/greendragonauthor Homepage: www.greendragonartist.com Blog: www.greendragonartist.net Twitter: www.twitter.com/greendragon9

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