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A Guide to the Phantom Dark Age by Emmet Scott PDF

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 e-book in this subject within the English language, even though Heribert Illig's books at the comparable subject, 'Das erfundene Mittelalter' and 'Wer hat an der Uhr Gedreht?' were top in German-speaking Europe.

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Thus for example the first fortified hilltop sites on the southern coast of France appear in the seventh century, whilst just a few kilometers away, in the Pyrenean foothills, the first castles appear in the tenth century. This is the case, for example, at Lourdes, where the fortified stronghold was clearly designed to guard the Pyrenean passes against Muslim raids in the tenth century; yet just a few kilometers to the west, at Montségur, a fortified stronghold also designed to guard against Muslim raids is dated to the seventh century.

Balaguer: A fortress whose northern wall, with its square tower, “is almost entirely attributable” to the late-9th century. (p. 73) 2. ” (p. 129) 3. Guardamar: A ribat or fortress mosque, which was completed, according to an inscription, in 944. ” (pp. 143-4) 4. ” (p. 145) 5. Madrid: Fortress foundations dating to around 870. (p. 172) 6. Merida: A fortress attributed to Abd’ er-Rahman II (822-852). (p. 194) 7. Monte Marinet: A Berber settlement with ceramics within “a possible chronological range” from the 7th to the early 9th century.

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.

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