About Me

Dane Pestano, Sussex , UK. I am a Contact Centre Manager by trade and a historian by love. My analytical view of things has helped greatly in my study of medieval and ancient history and mythology over the past thirty years. I am the author of a paper, now book, called King Arthur in Irish Pseudo-Historical Tradition and am writing a much larger work to be published next year. Contact me here. Read more about the book in my blog and order a signed copy of the paperback here.

Dark Age TV

Dark Age TV Listings.

Welcome to Dark Age History TV. You will find here a list of shows chosen by me that are related to the Early Medieval Period, its people, culture art and archaelogy. 

Secrets of the Dark Ages. The Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain was a consequence of the migration of Germanic peoples from continental Germania during the Early Middle Ages, after the demise of Roman rule in the 5th century. These peoples are traditionally divided into Angles, Saxons and Jutes, but historical and archaeological research conducted in the early 20th century suggests that a wide range of Germanic peoples from the North Sea coasts of Frisia, Lower Saxony, and Jutland may have moved to Britain in this era, including Frisians and Franks.

The Story Of Ireland.  This BBC documentary series covers the history of Ireland - from pre-history right through until the present day. It is probably the most detailed Irish history series and covers migration between the British Isles, invasions, plantations, wars and uprisings, emigration and the independence of the Irish free State in the 20th century.

Britain AD by Dr Francis Pyor - The eminent Archaeologist examines post Roman Britain. In three parts. Finding new and previously unexplained evidence Francis Pryor overturns the idea that Britain was crushed under Roman rule, then reverted to a state of anarchy and disorder after the Romans left in 410 AD. Instead of doom and gloom Francis discovers a continuous culture that assimilated influences from as far a field as the Middle East and Constantinople. Francis is confronted by evidence that confounds traditional views of Britain as a powerless bunch or warring barbarian tribes. Nor was there the invasion of bloodthirsty Anglo Saxons, rampaging across the countryside, which our school books have always depicted. With new archaeological evidence Francis discovers a far more interesting and complex story, one that puts the continuing energy of the Ancient Britons at the core.

Blood Of The Vikings. This series looks at the arrival of the Vikings in Britain, their wars and settlements. 

Treasures of the Anglo Saxons.  Art historian Dr. Janina Ramirez reveals the codes and messages hidden in Anglo-Saxon art. From the beautiful jewellery that adorned the first violent pagan invaders through to the stunning Christian manuscripts they would become famous for, she explores the beliefs and ideas that shaped Anglo-Saxon art

The Dark Ages - At its height in the second century A.D., the Roman Empire was the beacon of learning, power, and prosperity in the western world. But the once-powerful Rome - rotten to the core by the fifth century - lay open to barbarian warriors who came in wave after wave of invasion, slaughtering, stealing, and ultimately, settling. As chaos replaced culture, Europe was beset by famine, plague, persecutions, and a state of war that was so persistent it was only rarely interrupted by peace. THE DARK AGES profiles those who battled to shape the future, from the warlords whose armies threatened to cause the demise of European society, such as Alaric, Charles the Hammer, and Clovis; to the men and women who valiantly tended the flames of justice, knowledge, and innovation including Charlemagne, St. Benedict, Empress Theodora, and other brave souls who fought for peace and enlightenment. It was in the shadows of this turbulent millennium that the seeds of modern civilization were sown.

The Medieval Mind One of the world's greatest authorities on the Middle Ages, Professor Robert Bartlett of St Andrew's University, investigates the intellectual landscape of the medieval world.

Christianity, A HistoryTheologian Robert Beckford 's personal view of the dark ages in which he explores how warring pagan tribes became one nation under a single religion - Christianity and asks if this is the most misunderstood and underrated moment in Britain's history. In this extraordinary story, which begins with the fall of the Roman Empire 400 years after the birth of Jesus, we chart the precarious survival of Christianity in the Celtic West and Ireland following a struggle for souls between three different religious traditions: the warrior pagan religion of the Anglo-Saxons, Celtic Christianity and a resurgent Roman Christianity, which arrived with St Augustine in 597.

The Anglo Saxons. - A series of shows discussing the Anglo Saxons and their invasion of Britain. 

The Celts. - A series of shows discussing the Celts, their way of life and culture.

Clovis at his Baptism
The Franks. - The Franks were a West Germanic confederation, uniting the peoples in Magna Germania north and east of the Lower Rhine River. Modern scholars of the Migration Period are in agreement that the Frankish identity emerged in the first half of the 3rd century out of various Germanic groups, including the Salii, Sicambri, Chamavi, Bructeri, Chatti, Chattuarii, Ampsivarii, Tencteri, Ubii, Batavi and the Tungri, who inhabited the area between the Zuyder Zee and the river Lahn and extended eastwards as far as the Weser, but were most densely settled around the IJssel and between the Lippe and the Sieg.
     From the third to fifth centuries the Frankish armies raided Roman territory and expanded their influence among the Germanic peoples previously living under Roman rule on the left bank of the Rhine. In 358, the Salian Franks came to some form of agreement with the Romans that allowed them to settle in Toxandria (roughly Noord-Brabant, Antwerpen and Vlaams-Brabant).

The Lindisfarne Gospels. - Not great quality but very interesting look at these gospels. Michelle Brown talks about the Lindisfarne Gospels in the context of other related treasures, places and archaeological sites. Interviewed by Ellie Russell.


The Book of Kells The Book of Kells (Irish: Leabhar Cheanannais) (Dublin, Trinity College Library, MS A. I. (58), sometimes known as the Book of Columba) is an illuminated manuscript in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various prefatory texts and tables. It was transcribed by Celtic monks ca. 800. The text of the Gospels is largely drawn from the Vulgate, although it also includes several passages drawn from the earlier versions of the Bible known as the Vetus Latina. It is a masterwork of Western calligraphyand represents the pinnacle of Insular illumination. It is also widely regarded as Ireland's finest national treasure.

A History of Scotland - The First episode with Neil Oliver that discusses Scotland up to the early medieval period. In six parts. 

Tintagel Castle -  Zoologist and TV presenter Charlotte Uhlenbroek explores the ruins of Cornwall's 1000 year old Tintagel Castle. The historic spot is forever linked to King Arthur and Charlotte investigates the truth behind the legend, unearthing a story of political spin which continues to resonate over 800 hundred years later.