An enjoyable tie-in to a British TV documentary, if at times too fast paced.This survey of the Age of Wandering (as the Dark Ages are called in Germany) provides tantalizing glimpses into a historical period about which most of know little.The book sometimes goes on tangents that weren't entirely tied to the main thread, yet I forgave Rudgley because I did enjoy learning about the Venerable Bede.

Though the book has a short bibliography, it would have been better if it also had endnotes.I would have liked to do some further reading on some of the more obscure points the author made.