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Dark Ages:

see Middle AgesMiddle Ages,
period in Western European history that followed the disintegration of the West Roman Empire in the 4th and 5th cent. and lasted into the 15th cent., i.e., into the period of the Renaissance.
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dark ages

The period between the recombination epoch and the formation of the first bright galaxies. Toward the end of this time the first generation of stars must have formed in protogalaxies, and created the first heavy elements. The absence of observable radiation renders this period ‘dark’. Only when sufficient stars or quasars have formed to reionize the intergalactic medium (as revealed by the Gunn–Peterson test) is this period observable.
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I shall find in him the Foreworld; in his childhood the Age of Gold, the Apples of Knowledge, the Argonautic Expedition, the calling of Abraham, the building of the Temple, the Advent of Christ, Dark Ages, the Revival of Letters, the Reformation, the discovery of new lands, the opening of new sciences and new regions in man.
"I think it very interesting," replied Father Brown; "it reminds me of that interesting idea in the Dark Ages that blood would flow from a corpse if the murderer touched it."
THE DNA of modern Scots shows many live in the same areas as their ancestors did more than 1000 years ago in the Dark Ages, a study has revealed.
The Dark Ages are considered to last from the end of the Roman Empire in 476AD to around 1000, when Viking raids helped bring down Pictish rule.
It was a time when the warring kingdoms of Dark Ages Scotland such as Gododdin and Pictland were fighting for supremacy, with battle skills honed fighting Roman invaders.
GOLCAR is allegedly named after St Guthlac who brought Christianity to the hill top outpost of Huddersfield in the Dark Ages.
A greater irony is that the complainants say the respondents would take us back to the dark ages. Asking a king or tribal leader to settle political scores is exactly what happened in the dark ages.
Because the Sultan of Brunei, wanting to stone gay people to death, makes it feel like the dark ages. And now gay marriage has been rejected by the Cayman Islands.
"It's crazy these things are still happening it's the dark ages of Fred Goodwin all over again."
MEDICINE risks "going back to the dark ages", health officials have warned as it emerged that cases of some drugresistant infections are on the rise.
I worry this Little Hulton dark ages kids with Harrop School Now parents, some of whom chose Harrop for their children on the basis of Mr Povey's charisma and leadership qualities, are calling for a public meeting with Salford council officers and governors.
He argues that in failing to adequately understand these emergent technologies, we are in fact opening ourselves up to a new dark age. He takes this resonant phrase from HP Lovecraft's minatory short story, The Call of Cthulhu, rather than the dark ages of historical record, although the latter may turn out to be a better point of reference for our current era.