I came across a guy on the website Quora who appears to be concerned with correcting people’s apparently false impression of the Middle Ages in Europe. Never mind the Inquisition or the Black Plague or the Crusades, that’s just a kind of bad publicity the era has been receiving. It seems this negative image was deliberately generated by nineteenth century historians and bears little or no relation to the truth, which is that things were actually far better than you think.
It might be true. How could I know? History is always suspect. What’s curious to me is this gentleman’s zeal about the subject. Is it possible he really could succeed in revising the world’s opinion of that era, as Charles C Mann has been attempting to do about pre-Columbian America? Maybe he will.
Begin with the premise that possibly everything you know is wrong, and prepare to be enlightened. Of course, these new truths will eventually be invalidated as well, superseded by even newer revelations.