The last 2,000 years have been punctuated by three catastrophic horizons that have spawned three different versions of history.
Curiously, these versions of history all contain 700 years of fudge that draw to a close at one of the catastrophic horizons.
Fudge Recipe #1 Arabian Horizon
The classic Western version of history is well represented by Aleppo in Syria.
In this history the 700 years of fudge ends at the Arabian Horizon.
The 700 years of fudge between 64 BC and 636 AD accommodates the very successful Jesus of Nazareth narrative and the evergreen Roman Empire morality play.
The 200 Year Credibility Gap suggests the concept of the Roman Empire was created in the 2nd millennium to validate and encapsulate the narrative of Jesus of Nazareth.
However, if you prefer your morality plays to include the decline and fall of a Roman Empire then you’re welcome to sit back and endure The Roman Empire In Three Acts.
Fudge Recipe #2 Heinsohn Horizon
Gunnar Heinsohn’s revised version of history identifies 700 years of fudge that ends at the Heinsohn Horizon in the 930s AD.
Therefore, some 700 years of the 1st millennium (230 to 930s) have neither strata nor tree samples for C14 or dendro-chronological dating.
Archaeological Strata Versus Baillie’s Tree-Rings: Proposal for an Experiment
Gunnar Heinsohn – 8 Sept 2014
Unfortunately, this version of history falls into the Academic Abyss in the 930s AD and never recovers because [by definition] the narrative breaks down at that point in time.
Furthermore, any attempt to unpack the last 2,000 years of history is doomed to failure unless it acknowledges [and accommodates] the three catastrophic horizons.
Fudge Recipe #3 Hecker Horizon
Edwin Johnson’s version of history seems the most realistic because it’s 700 years of fudge ends with the Hecker Horizon in 1400 CE.
Edwin Johnson (1842–1901) was an English historian, best known for his radical criticisms of Christian historiography.
In The Pauline Epistles and The Rise of English Culture Johnson made the radical claim that the whole of the so-called Dark Ages between 700 and 1400 A. D. had never occurred, but had been invented by Christian writers who created imaginary characters and events.
Johnson’s version of history is also the most honest because it’s freely acknowledges the 700 years of fudge are “mere literary creations” produced [mainly] by Benedictine monks.
The Church Fathers, the Gospels, St. Paul, the early Christian texts as well as Christianity in general are identified as mere literary creations and attributed to monks (chiefly Benedictines) who drew up the entire Christian mythos in the early 16th century.
As one reviewer said, Johnson “undertakes to abolish all English history before the end of the fifteenth century.”
Johnson contends that before the “age of publication” and the “revival of letters” there are no reliable registers and logs, and there is a lack of records and documents with verifiable dates.
The Notitia Dignitatum is also a “unique” and truly extraordinary “central source” document because it “contains the earliest known depictions of the diagram which later came to be known as yin and yang symbol” which “predate the earliest Taoist versions by almost seven hundred years”.
This is wonderfully illustrated by their Notable Nuns narrative that screeches to an abrupt halt at the beginning of the Hecker Horizon in 1302.
By the ninth century, however, the Benedictine had become the standard form of monastic life throughout the whole of Western Europe, excepting Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, where the Celtic observance still prevailed for another century or two. Largely through the work of Benedict of Aniane, it became the rule of choice for monasteries throughout the Carolingian empire.
Of the life, social and religious, led by the nuns of England, something may be learnt from the few scattered account-books that have survived the general destruction of documents in the sixteenth century.
English Monastic Life – Francis Aidan Gasquet – 1904
Subsequent shoring-up of the subsiding Notable Nuns narrative suggests the Fathers of Fiction actually populated an entire 1,000 year storyline with “imaginary characters and events”.
Monasticism during the ten centuries between A.D. 500 and A.D. 1500 exhibits phases of vital significance for the mental and moral growth of Western Europe.
However much both the aims and the tone of life of the members of the different religious orders varied, monasticism generally favoured tendencies which were among the most peaceful and progressive of the Middle Ages.
For women especially the convent fostered some of the best sides of intellectual, moral and emotional life. Besides this it was for several centuries a determining factor in regard to women’s economic status.
The woman-saint and the nun are however figures the importance of which has hitherto been little regarded. The woman-saint has met with scant treatment beyond that of the eulogistic but too often uncritical writer of devotional works ; the lady abbess and the literary nun have engrossed the attention of few biographers.
Woman Under Monasticism
Chapters on Saint-lore and Convent Life between A.D. 500 and A.D. 1500 – Lina Eckenstein – 1896
The English acquired a new history and a new church in 1534 CE.
The English church renounced papal authority when Henry VIII failed to secure an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon in 1534.
Polydore Vergil or Virgil (c. 1470-1555), widely known as “Polydore Vergil of Urbino”, was an Italian humanist scholar, historian, priest and diplomat, who spent most of his life in England.
He is particularly remembered for his works the Proverbiorum libellus (1498), a collection of Latin proverbs; De inventoribus rerum (1499), a history of discoveries and origins; and the Anglica Historia (drafted by 1513; printed 1534), an influential history of England.
He has been dubbed the “Father of English History“.
The manuscript version of the work was divided into 25 books. Books I-VII described the early history of England up to the Norman conquest; Book VIII dealt with the reigns of William I and William II; and the following books covered one reign per book, ending in book XXV which dealt with the beginning of Henry VIII’s reign to 1513.
In 1534 the first printed version of the work appeared, a folio with decorations from John Bebel’s press in Basle.
The King James Version (KJV), also known as the King James Bible (KJB) or simply the Authorized Version (AV), is an English translation of the Christian Bible for the Church of England, begun in 1604 and completed as well as published in 1611 under the sponsorship of James VI and I.
But the English were encouraged to forget about the distant past.
So they could concentrate upon acquiring a vainglorious future.