Dating in medeival times
[Warning: non-historian arguing about history, which is always dangerous and sometimes awful.I will say in my defense that I’m drawing off the work of plenty of good historians like Bryan Ward-Perkins and Angus Maddison whom I interpret as agreeing with me.In fact, you probably could have taken a similar picture at the time, with an east/west instead of north/south axis.From The Muslims of Andalusia: I get that this is just a pun I’m taking too seriously.And that the people I am disagreeing with are not historians themselves, but other non-historians trying to interpret historians’ work in a popular way that I interpret as wrong.And that as far as I know The Dark Ages were never a thing.Some people have used it this way, but this is neither how the term’s original inventors intended it, nor how a majority of modern people (historian or otherwise) think of it.As mentioned above, the idea of a Dark Age was first developed by the late medieval/early Renaissance thinker Petrarch.
Petrarch was the first to give the metaphor secular meaning by reversing its application. The “Time There Were Five Whole Emperors In A Row, None Of Whom Were Sadistic, Perverted, Or Insane, Which As Responsible Historians We Cannot Officially Call “Good”, But Which By The Standards Of Ancient Rome Is Seriously Super Impressive”. But if you only challenge the term “Dark Ages”, I feel like you’re doing the opposite of this suspension-of-judgment. ” you’re putting yourself in a position to judge historical eras, saying that maybe some of them were dark and others weren’t, but this particular one wasn’t.In around 1343, in the conclusion of his epic Africa, he wrote: “My fate is to live among varied and confusing storms. Look, a lot of history sucked, and moral judgments are hard.But for you perhaps, if as I hope and wish you will live long after me, there will follow a better age. Jared Diamond thinks hunter-gatherers were freer and happier than anyone since.As per Wikipedia: The idea of a Dark Age originated with the Tuscan scholar Petrarch in the 1330s.Writing of the past, he said: “Amidst the errors there shone forth men of genius; no less keen were their eyes, although they were surrounded by darkness and dense gloom”.