I just watched a fascinating program on Dark Ages. The key learning was that that character assassination was alive and well, practiced with great skill by Christians.
Non-Christian peoples, whose names have become words now synonymous with something bad, were trashed by Christians of the times in hope of looking superior and turning others against their adversaries.
If the Vandals, the Huns, the Goths, and other Barbarians had been better at PR, few would use those words to denigrate others. In its original form, a “barbarian” was merely someone that spoke a different language from Greek. No behavior, good or bad, was attached to the name, which was synonymous with “foreigner”. This word has usually been a qualitative descriptor and not derogatory...except in some segments of American society (and one news medium).
Art, artifacts, and architecture of these peoples trashed by early Christians reveal a level of creativity and culture superior to that of Christians of the time. The ‘dark’ in Dark Ages should be a comment on the character of a group of hypocrites, which considers themselves to be superior to all others. Ancestors of the pope, cardinals, and bishops learned early that if you can’t beat them, smear their character...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.