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Das erfundene Mittelalter. Die größte…

Das erfundene Mittelalter. Die größte Zeitfälschung der Geschichte. (1996)

by Heribert Illig

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Illig presents a shocking idea: According to him, about 200 years of European history never happened ("phantom time") and were invented by a bevy of imaginative monks who forged all surviving documents. Charlemagne was as real as Superman. Like most conspiracy theories, Illig's ideas appear believable to a lay reader. Illig's main stick is the crying for missing links play beloved by Creationists. As soon as specialists manage to present a solid case, he shifts to a new missing link. As most Creationists, Illig does not understand the scientific method of testing a hypothesis.

There is no use examining the Carolinian sources. Given his hypothesis, they must be forgeries, The only way to test his hypothesis is examine whether other independent places and events have experienced a similar phantom time. Astronomy, archaeology and dendrochronology disprove Illig. Unfortunately, the lay public is not exposed to the antidote. Read it for intellectual amusement and as a case-study how not to proceed in making a case. ( )
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