Chapter 4. King Arthur, the Saxon Settlement of Basingstoke, Early Christianity and The Dark Ages

 

Eventually Rome, weak and corrupt, was sacked by the Visigoths and their mates. Now there was nothing to stop the Vikings from taking vacations in Britain. Pillaging and raping the soft Anglo-Romans was the number one holiday activity of the ancient Danes, much to the amusement of the Picts and Celts in Scotland & Wales. It is a little known fact that King Arthur was actually crowned at Calleva Atrebatum around this time, before leading the ancient Brits in war against the Saxon invader. Arthur's shimmering image that shines down to us through the ages endured as a reminder of the austerity of Rome that had tamed and trained us so well.

Although there is no conclusively proof that Arthur visited Basing House, it is a certainty that he would have done. Eventually, however the Saxon triumphed defeating the ancient magic of Merlin, who embodied the last great incarnation of druidic power, as Quezacoatl, the Green man, his power wanes and receedes, merging with the Earth Mother, surviving today in the spirits of ancient Yew trees, such as the one to be found at Calleva. Of course today we are told that these yew trees were planted within the last few hundred years in church yards rather than the reverse as we will shortly show.

So it was that the Saxons became next to occupy Båssing Haus. Like all invaders of Britain, the Saxons intermarried and had generally gone native within a generation. They became known as Anglo-Saxons. The Anglo Saxons founded the village of Båssing Støken which means "near Basing". Much later came the Normans who re-named everything much as we know it today, although it wasn't until William Caxton & Gutnberg nicked the printing press off the Chinese that anyone even remotely began to agree on fpelling.

It was during this post Roman era that Christianity first entered Britain and pagan beliefs came under attack from the misguided fanatics that preaced the message of Christ as had been subverted by Rome as a means to maintain its empire. Eventually of course this led to the Spanish Inquisition and the horriffic perversions of Thomas de Torquemada. Again it wasn't until the invention of the printing press and the release of the best-selling Gutenberg Bible that the common man or woman had any access to the actual text of the Bible. Even today we are only just beginning to realize that message of Jesus is much the same as that of the Beatles. In this enlightened information age in which we now live it is amazing to discover what a joke most of history has been and how insane those who still expect us to kill and commit acts of violence in the name of Christ really are. It was a couple of hundred years after the crucifiction before the crumbling Roman empire realized that this new religion held the key to its continuing power. Rome quickly wrote down and relesed its 'official' version of the New Testament - one that left out as much of the anti-Roman stuff as possible. The barbarians who had sacked Rome, being barbarians, had never really established any kind of self-imposed order and so spent most of their time fighting with each other. It wasn't long before missionaries and saints were capitalizing on this mess by convincing everyone that they would burn in hell unless they gave the church lots and lots of money. They were extremely successful and plunged Europe into the Dark Ages.

In the days of the Greeks Erasthones had proved that the world was round and had calculated it's size almost exactly, during the Dark ages it was an offense punishable by death to believe in Australia. It was during these unfortunate times that churches were built by the early saints on the ancient sites of druidic power such as yew tree plantings. Silchester is a classic example of this.

Eventully the renaissance came, Michealangelo began carving naked people and Leonardo tried to invent the helicopter and things have pretty much continued to improve since then, although there will always be those that just don't quite get it. Hitler was a classic example of this kind of anti-social bastard. The Third Reich was a blatant attempt to once again ressurrect the ghoul of the Roman Empire. Hitler's ideas will always have a lot of appeal to weak-minded individuals who are insecure and unhappy with themselves, incapable of making decisions and choosing a direction for their lives, people who find reasons to hate. The idea of order over chaos sounds great until we see its consequences which are inevitably catastrophic and horrific. Order implies and requires a heirarchy, it is the few at the top who get all the benefits and the masses at the bottom who are exploited, having been hypnotized by politics, religion, rhetoric, fear or brute force into becoming their masters' slaves. We can thank old Adolf for one thing though, making the evil inherent in his philosophies transparently clear. It is sad that today moronic racists and power-hungry dictators can still use these same tricks to fool the blind and greedy into following them, but by simply replacing hate with love we can tackle the new millenium with hope. If you're not hypnotizing yourself someone else is hypnotizing you. Hey, kids, don't fear the reaper, embrace chaos and stay in school.

 

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