Wicked stuff

In these dark times, we recommend some resources to shed some light on the origins of the horrible story which has been unfolding for the last sixteen hundred years. Actually, the story is even older, because it almost certainly should include the centuries of Roman occupation of much of the island now known as Great Britain (called Albion in pre-Roman times) — and we will discuss that in due course. In the meantime, we suggest the following:

Monty Python and The Holy Grail. To understand the mindset of the English people, especially those who voted for Brexit, you need to know this film inside out. It is also a pre-assessment of the Trump administration.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, by Mark Twain. Before the Pythons made the above-mentioned film, this novel did the job. We suspect that the Pythons dipped heavily into it while writing the script.

Finally, there is The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, by the Venerable Bede, completed in 731AD. If you think a text of this age would have no relevance to what is currently unwinding in the United States, Great Britain, and other parts of the Western World, consider Chapter 14 of Book One (lifted conveniently from http://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/basis/bede-book1.asp.)

In the meantime, the aforesaid famine distressing the Britons more and more, and leaving to posterity lasting memorials of its mischievous effects, obliged many of them to submit themselves to the depredators; though others still held out, confiding in the Divine assistance, when none was to be had from men. These continually made excursions from the mountains, caves, and woods, and, at length, began to inflict severe losses on their enemies, who had been for so many years plundering the country. The Irish robbers thereupon returned home, in order to come again soon after. The Picts, both then and afterwards, remained quiet in the farthest part of the island, save that sometimes they would do some mischief, and carry off booty from the Britons.
When however, the ravages of the enemy at length ceased, the island began to abound with such plenty of grain as had never been known in any age before; with plenty, luxury increased, and this was immediately attended with all sorts of crimes; in particular, cruelty, hatred of truth, and love of falsehood; insomuch, that if any one among them happened to be milder than the rest, and inclined to truth, all the rest abhorred and persecuted him, as if he had been the enemy of his country. Nor were the laity only guilty of these things, but even our Lord’s own flock, and his pastors also, addicting themselves to drunkenness, animosity, litigiousness, contention, envy, and other such like crimes, and casting off the light yoke of Christ. In the meantime, on a sudden, a severe plague fell upon that corrupt generation, which soon destroyed such numbers of them, that the living were scarcely sufficient to bury the dead: yet, those that survived, could not be withdrawn from the spiritual death, which their sins had incurred, either by the death of their friends, or the fear of their own. Whereupon, not long after, a more severe vengeance, for their horrid wickedness, fell upon the sinful nation. They consulted what was to be done, and where they should seek assistance to prevent or repel the cruel and frequent incursions of the northern nations; and they all agreed with their King Vortigern to call over to their aid, from the parts beyond the sea, the Saxon nation; which, as the event still more evidently showed, appears to have been done by the appointment of our Lord Himself, that evil might fall upon them for their wicked deeds.

And so it began….