I sit listening to my 80’s music and think how do I start this blog? I then decided to start it with the previous sentence for two reasons one: why not! Two: it is a mild form of procrastination, as is every sentence up til now. I type onward to a more serious blog…probably. So to start the story.
This image is to set the mood.
Once upon a time there was an article posted on a noble website. This honorable website is in search of truth, justice and the debunkment of myths (Debunkment: the process of revealing a falsehood). It is called Cracked.com.
There are many tales I could tell, but one takes precedence tonight. It is a compelling story of our protagonist Cracked.com and an evil antagonist The Myth. The Myth’s evil method of the destruction of truth is that…*Pause for effect*… Science was dead in the Middle Ages.
Never fear! This injustice will not stand because look! Up yonder hill is Cracked.com and his merry band of sources ready to fight The Myth until it is no more. They charge down the hill in a blurred mass of shining armor and justice wielding weapons. They reach The Myth, the battle is almost won! Our heroes taste the sweet and intoxicating taste of victory but wait a twist in our tale! The Myth is a Malignant Magician that has multiplied. He and his multiples have fled to all corners of the universe with their power of dissaperation. Cracked.com and his merry band of sources must split up and stop The Myth before irrevocable damage is done.
Our first source poetically named Sacerdotal Source (Sacerdotal: priestly, pertaining to priestly interests), has found his foe. They square up for a duel to debunkment or death. The Myth’s weapon of choice ignorance. Sacerdotal Source chooses to arm himself with Beowulf. The duel begins! Beowulf slices through The Myth’s ignorance with ease. *Beowulf is an epic that was translated and rewritten by a monk in the Middle Ages. I plan to use this source to prove Cracked.com’s point that monks were responsible for the preservation and translation of many literary works that would have other wise been lost* The victor: Beowulf! But wait another source has tracked down The Myth!
Our next sources are twins. They are the, Sauterelle Sources (Sauterelle: mason’s tool for making angles). They chase down The Myth and corner him. Their weapon of justice is the mighty Gothic Cathedral! The battle is over before it even began. *I plan on using the book The Gothic Cathedral by Otto von Simpson and The Gothic Enterprise by Robert A. Scott. The Gothic Enterprise is an online book I found on JSTOR. The Cracked.com article does not use Gothic Cathedrals as a way to disprove Science was Dead in the Middle ages, but I am including it for several reasons. One being I plan on talking about Cathedral Schools and I think it would be beneficial for my paper to include backgrounds of the cathedrals these schools were in. Also no one can look at these architectural masterpieces and deny that the Middle Ages was still an age were progress was made in the area of science. Both books discuss the process of building the Cathedrals.* Two of the Multiplying Myths are down for the count.
Yes, I did just bring this image back for its third appearance in my blogs.
Our next sources have searched far and wide to find The Myth. They have witnessed the destruction left in the wake of the fleeing Myth, but finally through perseverance the Scholarch Sources (Scholarch: head of a school) has found its opponent. The Scholarch Sources arm themselves with knowledge and education. The Myth cowers before their might and surrenders because he know he cannot win. *My sources for this part of the story are The Foundations of Modern Science in the Middle Ages by Edward Grant and Medieval Science and Technology by Elspeth Whitney. These two books give details over the first schools (Cathedral Schools and there legacy the University). The book by Edward Grant gives additional information over some of the early masters of the schools. This information coincides with Cracked.com’s claim that “universities were popping up all over Europe.”*
Many multiples of The Malignant Myth have been dealt with, but still two more are at large wreaking havoc. Our next sources take us back to a time when Athens was still a prominent Greek city. -What? You say. How can this be? I thought we were discussing the Middle Ages?! Allow me to explain- OurSesquipedalian Sources (Sesquipedalian: Tending to use long or cumbersome words) caught up with The Myth when he stopped to spread his lies about the Middle Ages. The Myth thought about fighting but realized it was a losing battle and chose to surrender. The Sesquipedalian Sources accepted his defeat and tied him up with translated Greek and Arabic works. -Aha! That is where Athens comes in- The Sesquipedalian Sources are two different sources with two very different strengths, this is why they work so well together. *I plan on using the book Science in the Middle Ages by David C. Lindberg to talk about the revival and translation of Greek texts. This is important to my paper because the translated texts were the main curriculum in the Cathedral Schools and universities. My other source is the book Medicine before Science by Roger French. I put this source with Science in the Middle Ages because the translated works of Aristotle was a major part of the curriculum for medical students. I include Roger French’s book to give support to Cracked.com’s claim that their were doctors in the Middle Ages*
Finally the merry band of sources bring their prisoners The Multiplied Myth back to their valiant leader Cracked.com to face trial for his evil-doings.
Acknowledgements : First to the internet thank you for providing exhaustless information. I relied heavily upon you this blog and you never failed me. Next to Mr. Tunningly for giving me inspiration for this blog in the form of Blog #9 Assignment Sheet. To Spotify for keeping my energy flowing with your amazing playlists. And finally to all my sources who inspired my characters and gave me valuable information. Without you this blog would not have happened.
A note from the author: It was in this blog that I discovered how to change the colors of the text, which I took full advantage of (if you know your rainbows you might recognize the pattern!). Also this blog post took me a ridiculously long time! Finally Cracked.com is one of my sources, so there is in fact eight in total. As for the names of the sources, each one pertains to the actual source I plan to use, except the last one. I put that one in for the sheer irony of it. Also I found every one of those words on the internet, I had never heard of them before tonight. A few final parting words: Good Night and did anyone catch the Harry Potter reference?!