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 cloth is still of the 7th century heavily resemble these of the 10th, and lie without delay underneath them. this is often the 1st ebook in this subject within the English language, notwithstanding Heribert Illig's books at the similar subject, 'Das erfundene Mittelalter' and 'Wer hat an der Uhr Gedreht?' were most sensible dealers in German-speaking Europe.
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But although castle-building began in these regions in the seventh century, none of the structures built at that time has survived into the modern age. Invariably, the seventh century fortresses were replaced by greater and larger edifices in the tenth and (more especially) eleventh centuries, and it is these which we see today. The tenth and eleventh century fortresses were built directly on the seventh century foundations, with nothing of the eighth or ninth centuries intervening. Even stranger, we find that, whilst the age of castle-building commenced in southern Europe during the seventh century, it only began in northern Europe in the tenth.
Occasionally, a small part of the sixth/seventh century building may survive, in the form of a crypt, or simply as foundations. In several parts of Europe entire churches of the sixth and seventh centuries are indeed extant. In Rome for example there are perhaps five or six dating from the early seventh century. In England, building in stone entirely disappeared following the withdrawal of the Roman legions around 406, but the art was revived with the arrival of Augustine’s mission to Kent in 596.
This was the stance taken in 2005 by Bryan Ward-Perkins, whose The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization, reiterated a more or less traditional view of late antiquity. Before we look at the archaeological hiatus, we should mention the thesis proposed by Henri Pirenne, who in the 1920s began to argue that the Dark Age, the real Dark Age of the seventh to tenth centuries, was inaugurated by the Arabs. The evidence, as Pirenne was at pains to show in his posthumously published Mohammed et Charlemagne (1938) seemed incontrovertible.
A Guide to the Phantom Dark Age by Emmet Scott