Shedding Light on a Dark Age: Britain in the Forth and Fifth Centuries
Bachelor of Arts Thesis, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2012
Abstract: This paper seeks to examine the fourth and fifth centuries in Britain in order to address the issue of collapse versus continuity after the end of the Roman state. By discussing the fourth and fifth centuries in depth, trends in political and economic structures as well as cultural identities will be examined with the aim of presenting as accurate a picture as possible of an often misunderstood historical period. Specifically, several persistent myths of the late and post-Roman period in Britain will be addressed and refuted, and the diversity of experience during the era addressed in full. The result is a nuanced portrait of a land and a people undergoing dramatic social transformations during one of the most formative eras in Western history.