What forces were responsible for destroying the prosperity of the Roman Empire and replacing it with poverty, disease, and death? And, who then took the reins of the world to end the ravages of the Dark Ages and steer humanity towards greater enlightenment? This History Channel program surveys the grim chaos bridging the era of the Plague to the Renaissance, revealing how modern civilization rose from the ashes of Barbarian invasions and the Crusades. 94 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1.