Now that’s interesting – monks writing medieval history

I was reading a review of a book “The Age of the Vikings” by Anders Winroth, published by Princeton University Press, in which the reviewer noted that any historical accounts of the middle ages to  the Renaissance were documented by people who could write; obviously but who could write during those times? Christian monks, of course, and being monks, and thus possessed of ‘religious’ minds, in which faith always trumps reality, or in which faith allows one to jump from fact to fiction, it is hardly surprising that documented history could be problematical, fact wise. Not for the faithful, of course, who blindly follow the dictates of their faith(s), and hence assume that what is documented is true.

I’ll have to read Winroth’s book but the image we modernists have of berserker Vikings with horned helmets raping and pillaging during the 9th and 10th centuries CE may have been the result of monkish fabrication rather than anything else. And in terms of Gunnar Heinsohn’s phantom 700 years, it might be alternatively explained as Nordic people dealing with a global catastrophe/calamity that abruptly terminated the Roman period, and ushered in the Medieval period from which we are still recovering from.

Heinsohn’s theory of 700 phantom years is documented on the Q-Mag website here. Additional insights are published on the Malaga Bay site.

Geologically those times make the mainstream uniformitarian model rather problematical, because if we have the present misunderstood, then so too the past, especially when we have to rely on documentation by writers who were first and foremost religiously devout.

This book seems to have opened a rather large can of worms, methinks.

About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. I spent my professional life looking for mineral deposits, found some, and also located a number of kimberlites in NSW and Western Australia. Exploration geology is the closest one can get to practicing the scientific method, mineral exploration always being concerned with finding anomalous geophysical or geochemical data, framing a model and explanation for the anomaly and then testing it with drilling or excavation. All scientific theories are ultimately false since they invariably involved explaining something with incomplete extant knowledge. Since no one is omniscient or knows everything, so too scientific theories which are solely limited to existing knowledge. Because the future always yields new data, scientific theories must change to be compatible with the new data. Thus a true scientist is never in love with any particular theory, always knowing that when the facts change, so too must he/she change their minds.
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One Response to Now that’s interesting – monks writing medieval history

  1. fabio says:

    Rudbeck, in the 17th century, who discovered lymphatic system, believed Sweden was Atlantis due to the enormous quantity of megaliths, etc. And megaliths are something bad explained by chronology. Those of Malta are more than 5000 BP, while in Gambia (amazing) only 800 BP, such as in Tonga. The theory of “People of Sea” spreading the megalithic culture means a people doing this continually for more than 5000 years, which is unconceivable. Other explanation is a bigger historical continuity in time and space among cultures of the world suddenly interrupted in the dawn of Modernity. The question is why this question is so a taboo and there is a lot of misinformation with false issues like Piri Reis map and so on…

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