Cracked Catches up with Mike Flynn

It’s consoling when a humor magazine with NSFW language written for college students of the intelligentsia class starts subverting the dominant paradigm by making hip historical truths that Mike Flynn has been pointing out for some time.

Turns out we’re not a thousand years smarter than all those medievals like St. Thomas.

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  • James H, London

    Yes! For all its faults, is a major informant.

    Great that this is getting more main-stream. Leaves the Carriers and Dawkinses looking like the dinosaurs they are!

  • Andy, Bad Person

    The article isn’t without flaws, but it’s a step in the right direction given the typical “Dark Ages” misinformation out there. Just like you, when I first read it I thought, “It sounds like this guy has been reading Mike Flynn.”

  • I don’t know about the ‘Knights were honorable, chivalrous warriors’ myth. Nowadays, whether in text books or the History Channel (I know) or popular culture, they’re typically portrayed as mixture of secret police/terrorist/Tony Soprano. Likewise the sex myth. I’ve been hearing about the pornographic culture of Medieval Europe (demonstrating the utter lack of real influence the Church actually had over people) since I was in college. The others mentioned were spot on, but I think those two have been gone for quite some time.

    • Ye Olde Statistician

      It’s more reasonable to suppose that knights were simply knights. They were the high militia called up by their liege when needed — and who took an oath to protect the weak. Sometimes, and for some liege lords, they did the opposite: those who followed Emicho of Leiningen, for example, used the pretext of heighing off for Crusade to plunder and murder wealthy Jews in the Rhineland. (In fact, Emicho and his men never got near the Holy Land and were finally chased down and killed by the chivalry of the Apostolic King of All Magyars.)
      So, there were good knights and bad, just like anything else.
      Ditto for “pornography.” The Middle Ages weren’t the Victorian Age.

  • Dave Pawlak

    Naturally, there are commenters who insist on believing the myths…

  • Hezekiah Garrett

    I pitched this idea 3 months ago!!! I specifically included 4 of those examples!