And two Emperors, both named Napoleon. One very successful - at least for a while - the other, not so successful...at all.
And then there was Charles de Gaulle.
I do agree that restoration should be in the original style. The only question is, do they reproduce Violet-le-Duc's Neo-Gothic fantasy spire:
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Or the plainer original:
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Maybe some sort of middle ground would be the best solution.
Well Napoleon III wasn't so unsuccessful, and he left a lasting monument in the street plan of Paris as we know it today. And l he looked good on a coin
Actually the people who built the castles, churches and the like were highly skilled tradesmen. Masons, carpenters, metalworkers and the like. They belonged to guilds who were very powerful and a nobleman couldn't get work done without them.
The 'Dark Ages' were earlier around 5-600 hundred to about 8-900 ad.
The Dark Ages are much maligned and misunderstood, a couple of centuries of transition between the western Roman empire and the Christian kingdoms which took up its baton. In the Mediterranean things arguably carried on much as before until with the rise of Islamic sea power it ceased to be the Mare Nostrum of former times.