What do most people associate with the phrase "Medieval Age"? Religious fundamentalism? Witch hunts and brutality? Endless wars, plague and cholera? That sounds plausible, because the Medieval Age doesn’t strike us as a particular jolly era. However, it was, in a sense, a uniquely useful one, and we shall soon see why.
It all began when the Western Roman Empire fell and, and in many ways, what happened next can be described as a return to an earlier, simpler and more primitive form of civilization. Or perhaps just to less civilization.
Here it must be said that, after the barbarians had destroyed Rome, their ...