The Dark Ages refers to the Middle Ages following the fall of Rome, typically 5th–11th Century AD. The term says more about what those that followed knew about it than the period itself; it was a rich and vibrant time in European history. And when we say vibrant, we mean there was a lot of fighting. The Vikings, Saxons and Normans were amongst those raiding, conquering and creating new kingdoms during this period. It also encompasses the Age of Arthur in the 5th and 6th Centuries.