Considering all that has been published here concerning the concept of the actor based reality, an immediate thought occured to the author: can we therefore thoroughly rely on any account recorded as accepted history, or is the nature of history thoroughly subjective, open to radical interpretation?
One has a confession to make.
As some loyal readers may by now have surmised, the author has always harbored an affinity for history. From the time of one’s earliest memories, the epic stories of larger than life characters discovered in history books, whether infamous or benevolent, completely enraptured one’s imagination.
The story of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 contains all the elements utilized to hook the human mind’s fascination for intriguing and even salacious details – sex, romance, political intrigue, and epic displays of confrontational violence – all the elements of a well scripted and epic Hollywood melodrama.
Additionally, the story of the Battle of Hastings seemed comparable to those indelible stories encountered upon the pages of great literature, a wondrous tale inhabited by vividly drawn characters, filled with colorful glimpses of not only what it may have been like to experience another time and place, but perhaps even deeper and dramatic insights into human nature.
However, as impressionable youth advanced into adulthood, one began to increasingly contemplate: did any of these historical accounts, no matter how engaging, truly reflect an objective rendering of the truth?
Or, generally speaking, were the established accounts of human history, and specifically of the Battle of Hastings, merely a consensus of conspitratorial lies among those in positions of so-called authority and those belonging to reputations of scholarly renown?
Better still, are history’s tales of warriors, kings, and nobles maneuvering for power while fighting on blood soaked battlefields merely romantic, fabricated cover stories concealing a deeper truth? Continue reading “History and the lies agreed upon”