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I'm certainly willing to credit Charlemagne, but on Christmas Day 800, he was really just finishing a process that began long before his reign.

The degree to which Dark Age Europe reverted has been overstated too many places to count, and by too many professors who should have known better.

The Gothic tribes that had threatened Rome in AD 100 had been largely civilized - Romanized if you prefer - by AD 400. Only the tribes newly emerging from the north were truly barbaric, and they were quickly absorbed by the mainstream of western civilization, which was by then Germanic. The Franks, Angles, Saxons, and Lombards inherited a certain level of Roman bureaucracy, and certainly plenty of Roman culture. By 500, Goths had ruled Italy for a generation or more, absorbing as well as influencing the culture.

Yes, the Dark Ages were dark in terms of technology, sanitation, communications and travel, but they weren't a reversion Ug and Grug banging the rocks together.

I'm not saying you're wrong about the transition period, just that it wasn't all that clear cut, and qualifies - at least technically - as medieval anyway.

Check out the Mabinogion. Percival is the focus of the earliest stories, under his original name, Pryderi.
 
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Do you guys want to start a new Mythical and Folklore creatures?
 
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