I saw another The New York Times item in my Google News feed this morning:
“Scholars Cringe at the Term ‘Dark Ages.’ Dan Jones Explains Why.
The New York Times • Yesterday
As I said Monday, I don’t and won’t have a subscription to The Times, New York or otherwise, so I don’t know what “Scholars Cringe…” says. Or what the book reviewer says, more accurately.
But I know it’s a book review, because this is the blurb I found after a quick Google search:
“https://www.nytimes.com › Books › Book Review
Scholars Cringe at the Term ‘Dark Ages.’Dan Jones Explains …
1 day ago — Jones’s book ‘Powers and Thrones’ is a comprehensive history of the Middle Ages that links the medieval era’s genuine achievements to modern …”
Had I but world enough and time — but I don’t.
Apart from this link:
- “Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages”
Dan Jones / Goodreads
About the “Dark Ages,” that phrase and idea goes back to around 1600, when ecclesiastical historian Cardinal Caesar Baronius called the time between 888 and 1050, give or take a bit, the Saeculum obscurum.
The Catholic Church hit a particularly rough patch during the ninth to 11th centuries.
I’ve talked about that, and vaguely-related ideas. Recently:
- “Old St. Peter’s, Visigoths and a Henry” (November 6, 2021 )
- “Christopher Marlowe and His World” (March 6, 2021)
- “Space ‘Firsts:’ New Horizons, Chang’e-4” (January 18, 2019)
And now I’ll get back to Medicean Stars, the quintescence gap and reactions to “Sidereus Nuncius” — which I hope will make sense, once I finish “A Star by Any Other Name.”