I am talking about Britain here...I do not know a reputable historian of any ideological stripe, from H.A.L. Fisher, writing in the 1930s to that good ol' Anglophile, Arthur Bryant in the 50's to the modern Simon Scharma and Norman Davies, writing from different perspectives, and even the TV people like Kenneth Clarke, Michael Wood and the (gulp) "Time Team" crew; and many others, who have not made a point about the rise of Christianity during this period and the work of those like the Venerable Bede, and the Irish missionaries and the beginning of the monastic system and all the other "Good Things" that happened.
If some popular historians want to concentrate on the Germanic "invasions" and the turbulence of the period it's no different to many popular wildlife programmes concentrating on predators. It sells. It's nothing to do with Liberals or Conservatives. The phrase was coined in the very early Renaissance. I am sure there are some way out there on the left fringe who may deny the lights in that dark time, but they are not mainstream. In other words it is not a "Liberal Myth".
Me... whilst knowing the standard definition, I've always thought of the Dark Ages really being from the departure of the Roman garrisons to the 7th century. Things started to brighten up a lot then. But that's me. I'm just a twit who has been known to have the "Anglo-Saxon Chronicles" on the bedside table for a month or two occasionally. (At the moment it's Peter Ackroyd's "Albion".)
Just thought I'd put in my 2 bob's worth. AlanE 16:13, 11 September 2008 (EDT)