Re: Uses of history

Peter Jason <pj@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Tue, 01 Nov 2011 23:32:22 +0000, William Black
What facts?

The ones historians use to write books about. Of course these will
have a certain probability of being true and this can be factored in.

Ah, historical "facts" again 8-). Sometimes these "facts" are nothing more
than a claim by one interested(biased) party, quite often based on second-
or third-hand "information" and perpetuated by generations of uncritical
historians. Ian Mortimer, in a book I bought in Kzoo last year, "Medieval
Intrigue", looks closely at one instance of this, the "approved" version of
the death of Edward II , and shows how weak the usual story is, and how
much other evidence there is to disprove it. Every so often this happens
to "historical facts".

Erilar, biblioholic medievalist with iPad