By Emmet Scott
Emmet Scott confronts traditional historians and appears on the proof, 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 is still of the 7th century heavily resemble these of the 10th, and lie at once underneath them. this is often the 1st publication 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 dealers in German-speaking Europe.
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Certain monasteries might be known for their skill in particular branches of knowledge. 95 Monks often supplemented their education by attending one or more of the monastic schools established throughout Europe. Abbo of Fleury, having mastered the disciplines taught in his own house, went to study philosophy and astronomy at Paris and Rheims. ”97 On the one hand therefore historians find puzzling echoes of the seventh century in the great events and cultural developments of the tenth.
1056. JPG. Public domain. Continuity too is seen in the survival of Latin as the language of learning and of the Church. So overwhelming and striking has been the evidence for the survival of classical culture that by 1996 Glen W. 61 More recently, a plethora of publications, many of which look in some depth at the archeology, have argued passionately in the same vein, and we may cite Peter S. Wells’ Barbarians to Angels (New York, 2008), Chris Wickham’s, The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages 400–1000 (2009); and Ken Dark’s Britain and the End of the Roman Empire (Stroud, 2001), as among the most influential of these, in the English-speaking world at least.
On occasion, however, the gap is not continuous, but broken into two segments. This is the case, for example, in London. Here there is evidence of a prosperous settlement as far as the mid-fifth century (457), then a gap until the latter seventh century (674). After this there seems to have been continual settlement until around 850, followed by a second hiatus reaching as far as 950. 71 The same situation is encountered in Chester. In the words of archaeologist A. T. Thacker: “it must be admitted that the archaeological evidence for this period [the Dark Age] is minimal.
A Guide to the Phantom Dark Age by Emmet Scott