A Guide to the Phantom Dark Age by Emmet Scott

By Emmet Scott

Emmet Scott confronts traditional historians and appears on the facts, archaeological and textual, for the proposition that 3 centuries, approximately among 615 and 915, by no means existed and are 'phantom' years. the writer exhibits intimately how no archaeology exists for those 3 centuries, and that the fabric continues to be of the 7th century heavily resemble these of the 10th, and lie at once underneath them. this is often the 1st booklet in this subject within the English language, even though Heribert Illig's books at the related subject, 'Das erfundene Mittelalter' and 'Wer hat an der Uhr Gedreht?' were top in German-speaking Europe.

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Both these regions saw a veritable “renaissance” of learning and prosperity between the fifth and seventh centuries. One of them, southern Britain, had been part of the Roman Empire, but had seen Roman civilization decline and almost disappear in the years between the third and sixth centuries. Other territories, such as Scotland (Caledonia) and Ireland, which had never been part of the empire, were effectively incorporated into Latin civilization between the fifth and seventh centuries. Here Christianity took strong root and produced an astonishing flowering of culture.

202) 8. ” (pp. 216-7) The above meager list contrasts sharply with the hundreds of sites and structures from the Visigothic epoch — a comparable time-span — mentioned in the same place. (It is impossible to be precise about the Visigothic period, since many sites, such as Reccopolis, contain literally hundreds of individual structures. If we were to enumerate the Visigoth structures by the same criteria as we did the Islamic remains above, then the Visigoth period would reveal not hundreds, but thousands of finds).

Fig. 1 A. Early Spanish Romanesque. Church of Santa Maria del Naranco, mid-ninth century. The design of the church, originally constructed as a palace, is typically late Roman and is almost indistinguishable from architecture of the sixth century. JPG. Licensed under the Creative Commons AttributionShare Alike. Fig. 1 B. Nave of the abbey church St. Foy, Conques, France, 1050 to 1120. JPG. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike. Fig. 1 C. 1056. JPG. Public domain. Continuity too is seen in the survival of Latin as the language of learning and of the Church.

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