The Dark Ages were a time in history when the population was declining and there was little literature or other arts. It gave way to a more enlightened time. This is a timeline of those years.
Over the course of 250 years, Rome's population dropped from about 65 million to 50 million. Some people believe this was because of a global cold front that swept the earth.
The Romans slowly lost their control of the empire as other, stronger groups moved through the area. There were many battles, and the Romans were defeated.
From 1271 AD to 1600 AD (330 YEARS)
Charlemagne led the Frankish people through Italy, and then continued west. He established what became France, and he helped spread Christianity.
As Christianity spread through the lands, the people began to settle down. The lands settled firmly into their own kingdoms, and the fighting died down for a time. It was considered the end of the "Dark Ages".