French    German    Spain    Italian    Arabic    Chinese Simplified    Russian

Western Civilisation

Join Gab (@StFerdinandIII) Western Civilisation was and is superior to anything Islam has developed.  Islam has not aided in the development of the modern world; in fact civilisation has only been created in spite of Islam.  Raising the alarm about the fascism called Submission since 2000.  

Back     Printer Friendly Version  

Monday, March 15, 2010

Bookmark and Share

The myth of the 'Dark Ages'

Another lie from the Islam is peace and wonderment crowd.

by Ferdinand III




One of the great lies forwarded by really smart people and Muslims, is that Europe was mired in a 'Dark Age' when the moon cult of Mecca was in a 'Golden Age' during the 8th to 10th centuries. What nonsense. The reverse is of course true. We know this from the obvious fact that by the 10th century Europe was far ahead of the 'Saracens' in everything from science, to agriculture, to military technology, to trade and town building. The Muslim Golden Age is a gigantic lie. So too is the 'Dark Ages' of Europe.


Rome never fell, it just declined – and for good reason. The Roman empire after about 180 AD became a high-taxed, ossified, Orientalist empire, prone to civil war, corruption and inured to change and dynamism. When it was finally and officially taken over and replaced by Germanic tribes in league with Constantinople during the 5th century, life and society improved. We know this from the archaeological records and excavations, writings, and from the Arab conquests of the Levant, North Africa, Spain and southern Italy, in which the Muslims wrote about their astonishment at the riches and grandeur of Christendom, Jewish towns, and Greek states. Europe was never a backwater.


Henri Pirenne has proved that the Dark Ages did not follow the collapse of Rome – a blessing for the population of the Mediterranean which saw the old Western empire coalesce into 3 Germanic kingdoms centred in Spain, Italy and Gaul. Taxes were lowered, trade increased, roads were repaired, cities expanded and the Roman infrastructure of water, sewage and public baths maintained and even in some locations, improved. Libraries full of the corpus of Western legal, philosophical, medicinal, agricultural, and military documents abounded. By 800 AD even a provincial hinterland city like York could produce the famous Alcuin – the greatest mind in Europe elected as the court scribe and teacher for Charlemagne. Between 500 AD and 800 AD the list of innovations, technologies and improvements in all matters of life are vast. There never was a Dark Age. Only an age of transition.


Pirenne's thesis is that the Arab invasions from the 7th to 9th centuries decimated the Mediterranean world, and destroyed trade links between Europe and the Far East. Paper, spices, silk, clothing and other valuables were thus denied Europe. This engendered a 'Dark Age' in which parts of European society regressed, cities emptied and ports laid empty. Pirenne amassed a lot of detail to support his view and he was right – at least in part. But he never fully supported the idea of a 'Dark Age' as we are told to imagine it – no civilization, robbers and brigands galore, toothless peasants eating grass, no bathing, no garments, half naked pre-neolithic savages screaming Christian superstition. What Pirenne said was correct that there was a contraction in the European political-economy during these 3 centuries, but certainly not an age of bleak darkness. Trade was reduced for a while. Ports did suffer. But by the 8th century the European navies were again clearing the Mediterranean seas of Muslim pirates and trade was starting to recover – albeit rather slowly.


The deep Dark Ages given to the West in the writings of Voltaire, Rousseau, Gibbon and others is a myth. How do we know this ? Two facts would make it clear that a Dark Age never existed:


  1. By 730 Europeans had began the long process of expelling the Vikings in the north; the Avars and Central Asian tribes to the East and the Muslims to the south. A weak, dark, backwards, poor, illiterate society would never be able to fight a 3 front war – and win on all fronts albeit from differing tactics and strategies on each front. 

  2. By 800 it was clear that Europe was far in advance of Muslim states. By 1096 or the First Crusades the Europeans had a clear and incontrovertible advantage in: military technology, diet, agricultural diversity and production, productivity including the use of horses and draft animals, harnesses, stirrups, the water wheel, health and life-spans, the size of the average man, trade, ship building, the use of ship technology, science, inquiry, writing, and literacy.


There is no possibility that if the Dark Ages had existed that the Europeans would have been able to launch 7 crusades to counter-attack the Muslims in the heart of Islam, 2500 miles from the center of Europe from 1096 to 1290. The logistics in money, men, food supply, shipping, and organization would have been baffling – even for a modern society in today's world. The Crusaders were heavily armed, well-drilled, and largely from the upper classes. It was a huge expense for the individual and the state to engage in the reconquista of the Holy Land and to reclaim Christian land from the heathen Muslim. Advances in financial engineering, loans and mortgages dominate the fund-raising of the Dukes, Barons and nobles who led the crusades. European society long before 1100 had become a complex array of socio-economic and political innovation far surpassing anything which existed in the world, including in China. From 500 to 1000 AD Europe was alight with not only wars, and external attacks, but a real and vibrant social and economic revolution.


Islam by contrast produced little. It squatted on the rich lands and treasures of conquered Christian, Jewish and Greek territory. No innovations are apparent. The so-called Arab inventions were those made by non-Arabs including Persians, Nestorians, Greeks, Jews and pagans all of whom were given Arab names. These dhimmi or conquered peoples were already engaged in creating new methods, ideas and technologies in medicine, math [from the Hindus and Persians], science, astronomy, finance, and war. Giving the Arabs credit for this, would be the same as giving the Russians credit for the great advancements by America over 150 years, if they had won the Cold War, and renamed Americans with Russian names.


We know that during the Crusades the Turks and Arabs, were no match for the smaller Christian forces in open battle. The Muslims were lightly armed, smaller men, seated on smaller horses, with no armor, and with a very primitive system of supply usually consisting of foraging. They relied on trickery, flank attacks, and numbers. Man for man, technology for technology, and system for system, the Arabs and Turks were never a match for the Crusaders. Muslim writing confirms this. The reasons why the Christians could not keep Israel is that European society lost interest in a very long and extremely costly enterprise, and that there never were enough Crusaders to keep out a unified Muslim enemy [at times fewer than a few thousand Christian troops were in the Holy Land].


Military technology always says a lot about the general nature of the system in which the technology is created. In 732 AD lightly armed Muslim horsemen were eradicated by the heavy infantry and heavy armour of Charles Martel's Frankish troops 120 miles south of Paris. Martel was outnumbered but lost comparatively few men. The Arabs were slaughtered as they would be 5 years later in a repeat invasion. A primitive, 'dark age' society does not produce the technology of heavy plates, body armour, intricately designed swords, and lances; and the larger horses not to mention bigger men who rode them. A primitive society does produce what the Arabs used – smaller men, on smaller horses with inferior equipment.


We know that the Dark Ages are a rather vicious lie since by 1200 it was clear that Europe was going on to world mastery. This would be impossible if there were 3 lost centuries. Pirenne is right in part in that there was a contraction in trade, and most dangerously a stoppage of the key paper-papyrus from Egypt. This must have had a deleterious and 'dark' impact on Europe. But the vibrancy of European society based on Christian ideals, individualism, and a dynamic optimism overcame this difficulty. Almost impossibly these pre-modern Europeans beat off three viciously anti-humanist invasions by the Vikings, Muslims and Avars; and then embarked on the amazing odyssey of the Crusades. No 'Dark Age' society could have done this.


No serious study of the period between 500 AD and 1000 AD confirms a 'Dark Age' in Europe. The Muslim invasion of the Christian world did create an era of bleakness, distortion, death and trade reduction. That is to be expected. Islam brings little but devastation. That is why saying Europe was 'dark' and Islam 'enlightened' is about as smart as saying that Russian Communism created the modern world, and the American-inspired Western world invented nothing.  Pure nonsense all of it.

 

 

 

 


Article Comments:

Related Articles:

Medieval Christianity


11/20/2020:  The Light Ages: A Medieval Journey of Discovery, by Seb Falk. Science and sphericity.

11/14/2020:  Medieval Medicine and science. No, Moslems did not invent medicine. Christians did.

11/11/2020:  The Light Ages: A Medieval Journey of Discovery, by Seb Falk

10/11/2020:  Michael Wood's 'In Search of The Dark Ages'. Plenty of light, the basis of civilisation

8/15/2020:  Belloc and the eternal threat of the Muhammandan death cult

6/1/2016:  Constantine, Clovis and Christianity

5/3/2016:  Middle Ages: Wonders in art, architecture, technology and yes science and math

5/3/2016:  From steel manufacturing to stained glass, the ages of the Middle Ages were full of energy.

4/28/2016:  History of the Catholic Church from the Renaissance to the French Revolution - James MacCaffrey

4/20/2016:  Morris Bishop and Medieval Europe; remove Islam and society begins to flourish

3/8/2016:  'The Reformation' is more accurately called 'The Deformation'

2/13/2016:  The Incorrupted bodies of Saints - a long list of miracles that 'science' cannot explain

1/7/2016:  The modern cult of science versus reason and faith

1/3/2016:  Aquinas, Aristotle and Mad Muhammad

12/25/2015:  The birth of Christ is NOT based on the pagan festival of the Invincible Sun

12/3/2015:  Faith and science are handmaidens not opponents

11/6/2015:  Medieval Lives by Alan Ereira, Terry Jones

11/6/2015:  “Medieval Lives” by Alan Ereira, Terry Jones and the 'other side' of the Monkish orders

10/31/2015:  In praise of the Monks, the creators of modern Europe

10/24/2015:  From Augustine to Anselm, logic and faith working together

10/17/2015:  Medieval Ontology, logic and Anselm

9/26/2015:  Medieval Faith married to reason created the modern world.

9/19/2015:  Machiavelli, another product of the insane, the illiterate, the savage

9/19/2015:  The Greatest Queen in European history - Queen Isabella.

8/30/2015:  Feudalism, pilloried and slandered without context

8/22/2015:  Frederick II, the Atheist monster of the 13th century

7/29/2015:  Parthia and the destruction of Byzantium

6/29/2015:  Pierre Duhem, the Galileo myth, and historical revisionism.

6/25/2015:  Pope Sylvester II, another Great Pope, unlike the current version.

6/23/2015:  Pope Gregory the Great and saving civilisation

6/22/2015:  Pope Gregory the Great - an inspiration to civilization.

6/17/2015:  The Unenlightened Enlightenment: an age of Unreason

5/22/2015:  Godefroid and Medieval astronomy. Quite modern indeed.

5/11/2015:  Saving Civilization - the 'Faith'.

5/6/2015:  Belloc and the civilizational influence of the Catholic Church

4/10/2015:  Another Moslem-Enlightenment lie; 'Christians never bathed'.....

4/6/2015:  Pierre Duham and the importance of Middle Age Science.

4/2/2015:  Modern science arose only in Christian Europe.

3/9/2015:  Philoponus, the Astrolabe and Galileo

2/6/2015:  Only in Christian Europe were schools and the university system created.

2/4/2015:  Christian genius in Mathematics. Moslems invented precious little, Christianity a treasure trove.

2/2/2015:  Christians discovered and confirmed Heliocentricity. No other culture came close to that.

1/31/2015:  The myth and nonsense of the 'Enlightenment'. Pure Atheist and Marxist propaganda.

1/24/2015:  Pointed Arches, Ribbed Vaults, Flying Buttresses and Christian Genius

11/23/2014:  Aristotle and the Church – a complex relationship.

11/21/2014:  From Epicurus to Galileo, atomism and materialism.

11/20/2014:  "The Catholic Church and Science" by Benjamin Wiker

11/16/2014:  St. Thomas Aquinas, reason, faith and Aristotle.

8/26/2014:  Brunelleschi's amazing Dome of the early 15th century

8/24/2014:  Byzantium: A Christian and cultural Colossus

8/21/2014:  Byzantium and its legacy of legal processes

8/21/2014:  Byzantium: The forgotten influence on Western Civilization

8/19/2014:  Anglo Saxon art the lie of a 'dark age'

8/18/2014:  The Lindisfarne Gospels and civilized art

7/29/2014:  Anselm of Canterbury and the Scholastic method

7/21/2014:  Lies about Medieval Medicine

7/15/2014:  Post modern ignorance of the Medieval World 900-1300

7/9/2014:  Only a complex and wealthy society can build a Trebuchet

7/8/2014:  Medieval bathing - a legacy from Rome - and quite common

7/7/2014:  Medieval literature puts a lie to myth of a dark age

6/29/2014:  Flat earthers are more likely to be Evolutionists and Cult of Warm devotees than Christian...

6/27/2014:  Atheists are so desperate, that quacks such as Bruno are now 'scientists'

6/26/2014:  The myth of Bruno, the 'scientist' fighting against superstition and darkness.....

6/12/2014:  Medieval Christianity and the genesis of plurality and debate

6/9/2014:  Melisende and the importance of Queen's and women in Medieval history

6/5/2014:  A supposed Dark Age gave us the Magna Carta and the Provisions of Oxford

6/3/2014:  Medieval Chess reflects much about Medieval society

6/2/2014:  Skis and skates - another Medieval Christian creation

5/31/2014:  Could you create an illuminated manuscript ?

5/30/2014:  Overview of Medieval Manuscripts - where are the Moslem manuscripts and works of art ?

5/30/2014:  The labour and brilliance of Medieval Manuscripts

5/28/2014:  Book printing and binding - another Medieval innovation of the first order

5/23/2014:  Moerbeeke, translations and the medieval genius to adapt and learn

5/21/2014:  Guns, canons, explosives - another Medieval Christian invention

5/14/2014:  The most important Medieval invention – modern capitalism

5/13/2014:  51 out of the 52 most important 16th and 17th century scientists were Christian

5/13/2014:  A list of scientists in the 16th and 17th centuries

5/11/2014:  The bicycle, the engineering and science of the Middle Ages developed this mode of transport

5/9/2014:  Carracks, another Medieval European-only invention

5/3/2014:  Accounting, another Medieval Invention, generated by Capitalism

5/3/2014:  Buttons and Medieval Capitalism

5/1/2014:  How the West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity by Rodney Stark

5/1/2014:  Blast Furnaces were developed independently in Medieval Europe

4/26/2014:  Chiara Frugoni and Medieval Inventions

4/25/2014:  Partial list of Medieval inventions

4/23/2014:  The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, + Western Success - Rodney Stark

4/21/2014:  Medieval inventions around modern grooming and shaving

4/21/2014:  Medieval invention: Artesian wells and understanding water hydrology

4/19/2014:  Technological genius; the Medieval invention of the Wind Mill

4/16/2014:  Eye-Glasses, another Medieval invention based on math and science

4/16/2014:  The chimney - another important Medieval European invention

4/14/2014:  Horses and Iron industrialization

4/12/2014:  The mighty Wheelbarrow - another Medieval invention

4/12/2014:  The modern clock - another Medieval Invention

4/8/2014:  The High Middles and the beginnings of modern science

4/7/2014:  The Middle Ages and Public Schools, funded by the Church

4/4/2014:  A very brief summary of Medieval Christian genius 1100 – 1300

3/31/2014:  John Freely: 'Before Galileo', Kuhn and the real history of real science.

3/29/2014:  The real flat earthers - modern Atheists and Secularists

3/27/2014:  The Galileo myth and the Humanist invention of conflict

3/19/2014:  Why does the earth rotate ? Science has made precious little progress since 1350

3/19/2014:  A brief list of some Medieval inventions

3/12/2014:  Christian scientists and thinkers in the Middle Ages

3/10/2014:  God's Philosophers by James Hannam - the true record of Medieval Science

3/6/2014:  St. Thomas Aquinas on the Meccan Moon Cult

2/25/2014:  The Inquisition and its myths

2/14/2014:  The magnificence of the Middle Ages - nothing like it in Islamic history

2/3/2014:  Without Christianity there is no modern world

10/20/2012:  Medieval innovations in transport and war - some examples.

10/21/2011:  'Religion and the Rise of Western Culture' – Christopher Dawson [Kindle Edition]

10/22/2010:  Rodney Stark, 'For the Glory of God'

9/23/2010:  Anti-Semiticism is a Muslim import.

7/10/2010:  Medieval Civilization: Venetian rise and decline.

6/10/2010:  Imperial Spain – lessons in despotism, poverty and ignorance.

6/5/2010:  Review, 'Medieval Civilization 400-1500' by Jacques Le Goff.

5/27/2010:  Book Review, 'The Civilization of the Middle Ages', by Norman Cantor, 1993.

5/18/2010:  Slandering Medieval Christianity while applauding Muslim Paganism.

4/28/2010:  Book Review; Thomas Cahill, 'Mysteries of the Middle Ages', 317 pages.

4/26/2010:  Slandering Christian Europe: 'The Dark Ages'

3/23/2010:  Creating the modern world. The blessings of medieval Europe.

3/15/2010:  The myth of the 'Dark Ages'