The following is the first long-form article that I published. It was a ‘Member Creation’ on johnlebon.com. Originally published 2 May 2019.
In writing the article I followed JLB’s “Primary Source Research Methodology.” I believe it is still free to the public. I would encourage anyone reading this article to read the methodology first.
The process of researching the article was deeply revealing. What I learned does not just apply to the fabricated tales of history but has far wider implications for the stories that we are fed on a daily basis. I don’t want to spoil the surprise but the implications of what I discovered in this piece changed the way I view the world.
The discoveries in the follow-up, The ‘Alfred the Great Hoax,’ were even greater. If you only read one piece, read the ‘Alfred the Great Hoax.’
If anyone finds anything of significance in this piece and its follow up, I would encourage them to start implementing this type of framework in their own inevitable dealings with the wild claims of authority and consensus.
It is all very well reading someone else’s research, but far better to critically examine for oneself.
After I completed the piece I received a reply to an email I had sent to an ‘expert’ in the field. This tied together the whole piece nicely. I include the response highlights as comments below. I would advise you to read the original article first.
And so here it is: The Magna Carta Hoax
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