The Collapse of the Roman Empire, or, Why were medieval people more primitive than the Romans?

From J. Draper.

Apologies for the sound in this one. Still figuring out what I should do with my boom mic when I’m wearing a hat.

The final quote is from the 18th-century historian Edward Gibbon in his "History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire".

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Marty Gots A Plan by Kevin McLeod, CC-BY 4.0

Sources and further reading:
Cooper, M. L. 2018. Just the Good Wife? Death and Legacy of Noblewomen in the Middle Ages.
Dutchak, P. M. (2008). The Church and Slavery in Anglo-Saxon England. Past Imperfect, 9.
Lacey, R. & Danziger, D. 1999. The Year 1000: What Life Was Like At The Turn Of The First Millennium.
Leyser, H. 2005. Medieval Women: Social History Of Women In England 450-1500
Morris, J. 1982. Londinium.
Rautanen, S., et al. “Sanitation, Water and Health.” Environment and History, vol. 16, no. 2, 2010, pp. 173–194. JSTOR,, quoting Hlavinek, P. “New/ old ways for storm water: learning from the history”
Seale, Y. 2018. My Fair Lady? How We Think About Medieval Women.
Wells, S. 2008. Barbarians To Angels: The Dark Ages Reconsidered.
Werner, A. 1998. London Bodies.