Good morning from the beautifully verdant county of Surrey.
As everyone knows, I truly appreciate the amazing work of The Thunderbolts Project team – and I always share my appreciation on my show (or with anyone else who listens) whenever I am gifted with the opportunity to do so.
This New Year’s Day article is particularly interesting and raises many questions. The first one that comes to my mind is why this isn’t referenced in many contemporary textbooks. The second one is, bearing in mind the similarities with today’s conditions – and with, it seems, the increased sightings of larger meteors – perhaps we ought to study the matter further.
I hope that you enjoy the article. I’m certainly going to enjoy doing a little more research on The Fires of Tamatea.
Opening paragraphs from the Article, penned by Peter Mungo Jupp:
Jan 1, 2016
Mankind’s greatest killer plague: What controls human destiny?
Around 1340 AD began a series of wars between England and France that lasted over a century. It was made famous by Shakespeare in his inventive but glorious Saint Crispin’s day speech by Henry the fifth at the Battle of Agincourt:
“For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he never so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves cursed they were not here,
And hold their manhood’s cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.”
The Hundred Years War saw the battles of Crecy, Agincourt and Poitiers immortalised.
Lest you think this was a gentlemanly war of rightful kingly succession, as history portrays it, think again! Much of Europe was warring at the same time. Spain, Portugal and other independent areas of France were indulging in rape, pillage, piracy and destruction. This was no genteel war of Knightly romance and honour bound adversaries. This was a ruthless war! Routiers (land pirates) and companies of independent mercenaries slaughtered the population, sacked the cities and laid waste the land. But these brutal wars were not confined to Europe. They were on a worldwide scale!
To mention a few, we see the fall of the Khmer Empire in Angkor in the 14th century by invading Thai armies (and curiously a shift from Hindu to Buddhist use!) In China 1368 AD saw the re-establishment of rule by the Han (from a hundred year Mongol dynasty). Indeed throughout the Pacific, as Nunn explains, we see the mass abandonment of habitation and warlike resettlement! From the Maori of New Zealand, the Solomon’s, Hawaii, Easter Island and many others we see confusion and panic! South America and Africa also possess abundant examples of the warlike fall of dynasties around this time!
Like most of the history of war, and indeed Mankind, it is written under the assumption that we largely control our destiny, even if by unworthy means! Dictators, greed, stupidity, religion, anger and all the spectrum of human frailty and folly are dragged in to explain the unfolding of historic events. This, as if human factors alone, can explain war, population movement and civilizational aggrandisement and decay!
On closer examination it is spectacularly apparent that other factors were at work. Not only in Europe, with its “Hundred Years War”, but globally in parallel occurred deadly epidemics, famines, earthquakes and chaotic and colder weather excesses with gross flooding and more powerful and more frequent tempests! Changes in ocean levels and sinking and reclamation of land were common! Accompanying this were cosmological events that may give a clue to the cause behind these catastrophic events! Violent events that are not matched today! This period has been named the “1300 AD event”, by geoscientist Professor Patrick Nunn and he marks it as the beginning of the “Little Ice Age”. This was the “Wolf Minimum”, the successor to the “Medieval Warm Period”.
The remainder of the article can be found here:
Source: The Hundred Years War The Fires of Tamatea and 1348 AD.