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Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it but those who write alternative history can change it.


To change history at a particular point in time (or, more properly, write an alternative history novel set during that period), one must understand how people lived during that time.

It is the goal of this website to present both writers and readers with sufficient cultural, technological, agricultural, and medical context to both understand and appreciate novels set in alternative history fiction.

The emphasis will be on the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries. This era is pivotal in the development of Western Civilization, coming out of the so-called Dark Ages and into the modern world.

By the way, the term “Dark Ages” really should be called the “Transition Ages.” First, it wasn’t all “dark” as there were bright spots in the Byzantine Empire, Al-Andalusia (Spain), and Ireland. And second, the former “colonies” of the Roman Empire were not so much decaying as re-arranging their social and governing structure as they moved to form modern European nations.

Note 1: comments and questions are way appreciated.

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(Caveat: The commonly used expression, “Those who ignore history are bound (or doomed) to repeat it,” is actually a mis-quotation of the original text written by George Santayana, who, in his Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason, Vol.1, wrote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”)


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