British readers will be well aware that, in parts of the country at least, it’s difficult to dig in the ground without finding traces of the Roman occupation. It may be the remains of a villa, complete with central heating and neatly tiled bathrooms, but more likely it will be a few low value coins. But in either case, it constitutes hard evidence that the Roman Empire really did exist. On the continent the evidence is even more striking, with buildings and engineering works still standing for anyone to see. In Rome itself, the Pantheon and the Colosseum are among the most impressive buildings in Europe.
It’s the same with the written word. Thousands of books and documents survive from the Roman period, whether they’re the work of poets like Ovid and Virgil, historians like Livy and Tacitus or politicians like Cicero and Julius Caesar. Across the whole gamut of human creativity, the story is the same. Whether you’re talking about literature, or art, or science, or engineering, or architecture, or politics, or economics – there’s no doubt the Roman Empire existed.
When it comes to the period following the fall of the Roman Empire, it’s a different matter altogether. There are no great buildings, no aqueducts, no marble sculptures, no centrally-heated bathrooms. You can dig for years without finding a single coin with a date on it between the 7th and 10th centuries. Writings from the period are few and far between, and often only exist in later copies. Hard evidence for the “Early Middle Ages”, as the period is known to historians, is in short supply. You have to take it as a matter of faith.Or do you? A radical alternative has been suggested by some German scholars – that the Early Middle Ages never existed.
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Product DescriptionPreface by Nick Redfern
JFK, the Bilderberg Group and the New World Order – conspiracy theories abound on today’s internet, but they are nothing new. Taking a long-term view reveals century after century of covert conspiracies, murder plots and political intrigues. The history of the world is riddled with hidden agendas, scheming politicians and secretive organisations.
Did the U.S. government fake the 9/11 terror attacks? Was the British establishment behind the death of Diana, Princess of Wales? Conspiracy theories like these may be a modern phenomenon, but the basic idea – that world events are controlled by cynically duplicitous schemers – is as old as history. When the heir to the English throne died in 1120, they said it was an accident – but it was an accident from which certain people benefited a great deal. When the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, it was in response to blatant Polish aggression... which just happened to be the work of Nazi soldiers dressed in Polish uniforms. As Niccolò Machiavelli said 500 years ago, “the end justifies the means”. History is often dismissed as a dull subject, but it leaps into all-too-contemporary life when seen through the eyes of a Conspiracy Theorist! This fast-paced account tells you everything you need to know about the convenient accidents, false flag operations and hidden agendas that have shaped the course of history.
Preface by Nick Redfern
Chapter 1: A brief introduction to conspiracy theories
Chapter 2: False flag incidents
Chapter 3: They acted alone - or did they?
Chapter 4: Hidden agendas
Chapter 5: Convenient deaths
Chapter 6: Secret identities
Chapter 7: The Illuminati and others
Chapter 8: Rewriting history
Chapter 9: Chronology of Conspiracy
About the Author
Andrew May is a former defence scientist with an MA from Cambridge University and a PhD from Manchester University. His thirty year career spanned academia, the civil service and the defence industry. He has worked on advanced technology research in Farnborough, strategic planning in Whitehall and operational analysis for a large defence company. He is now based in the South-West of England where he works as a freelance writer and consultant.