On ‘Progress’ in Early Medieval Science

Did the “Christian Dark Ages” suppress scientific knowledge and does it matter? You can find some great graphs on the internet that suggest so. Some even suggest that Europe managed to hit 0% science. You can imagine the argument without reading anything: people in the Middle Ages – all of them – made no technological… Continue reading On ‘Progress’ in Early Medieval Science

The Late Antique Little Ice Age Revisited (Climates of Crisis 2)

Much excitement: Late Antique climate change has been in the news this week! The evidence being put together by Ulf Büntgen and the Euro-Med2k Working Group about Europe's changing climate is creating a fantastic resource for understanding better the relationship between climate and the course of history. Some of their conclusions are terrifying, particularly that… Continue reading The Late Antique Little Ice Age Revisited (Climates of Crisis 2)

Freak Weather (Climates of Crisis 1)

The weather outside is frightful. Severe and repeated flooding in northern England and Scotland has made this a winter to forget for many, and it is not looking great along the Mississippi either. We have all read several times over that this is the consequence of man-made global warming, short-sighted environmental policies, the strongest El… Continue reading Freak Weather (Climates of Crisis 1)