Bad News for Jeff Sypeck…

Jeff is the proprietor of Quid Plura, a frequent commenter here, and his book Becoming Charlemagne is a fascinating, fast read on how Karl of the Franks became the first Holy Roman Emperor. Unfortunately, according to some frothing mad conspiracy kooks fearless researchers, the years from 600-900 never really happened, as some sort of calendar shift (a la the switch from Julian to Gregorian, only more so) meant we moved from ca. 599 to ca. 901, and a “history” was created to fool later generations. Among the fictive participants in this “history”? Charlemagne.

Although the Gormogons tend to copy me on conspiracies impacting matters medieval (helps in the grant-writing, donchaknow), this one appears to have slipped by me — perhaps my spam filter was hyperaggressive. In any case…

Your move, Mr. Sypeck. Your move.

A tip of the Mondo Mortarboard to Ace.

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3 Responses to Bad News for Jeff Sypeck…

  1. Jeff says:

    You know, I told them when we were inventing the seventh and eighth centuries that our sloppily implausible naming conventions were going to give us away. Radbert, Ethelbert, Egbert, Dagobert, Q-bert…it’s amazing that we pulled it off for as long as we did.

  2. Withywindle says:

    Flibbertigibbert …

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