Merlin's Secret: The African and near Eastern Presence in the Ancient British Isles

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Merlin's Secret reopens the debate involving the diffusionist proposal of the non-Aryan (East African, Egyptian, North African, and Near Eastern) origins of early Britons who inhabited the British Isles from the Neolithic period to the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons. It also questions the possibility of mixed African, Asiatic, and European origins for the numerous Moorish immigrants, Gypsies, and other Norman families who arrived during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Robert N. List not only follows the work of...
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Overview

Merlin's Secret reopens the debate involving the diffusionist proposal of the non-Aryan (East African, Egyptian, North African, and Near Eastern) origins of early Britons who inhabited the British Isles from the Neolithic period to the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons. It also questions the possibility of mixed African, Asiatic, and European origins for the numerous Moorish immigrants, Gypsies, and other Norman families who arrived during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Robert N. List not only follows the work of numerous scientists, anthropologists, historians, linguists, poets, and ethnologists, who have argued the case for non-Aryan, and mixed-Aryan origins of many inhabitants, but examines the emergence of a cometary religion in the early British Isles. He proposes a new synthesis of the evidence of Afroasiatic cultural imports that influenced language, art, and religion in the early British Isles. This revisionist synthesis brings together evidence that should stimulate a complete reexamination of the ethnic complexity of the British Isles.

Author Biography: Robert N. List is Associate Professor of Mass Communications and English at Jackson State University.

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List assembles evidence that dark-skinned populations arrived in the isles sporadically between thousands of years ago and the late Middle Ages. He looks at classical and Celtic literature, modern scientific accounts, blood types, phonetics and placenames, syntactical anomalies, craniology, and other matters. Comets and The Grail make appearances. The rearrangement of facts and opinions into a new history echoes the work of Robert Graves and Immanuel Velikovsky, both of whom he refers to. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761813958
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 5/20/1999
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert N. List is Associate Professor of Mass Communications and English at Jackson State University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Dedication
Ch. 1 Introduction: The Big Lies 1
Ch. 2 Preliminary Observations of the Early Diffusionists 19
Ch. 3 Another Look at Cultural Diffusion Theories 35
Ch. 4 The Elusive Tuatha de Danaan 67
Ch. 5 Phonetics and Placenames 85
Ch. 6 ABO Blood Correlations: The Mediterannean Littoral and the British Isles 99
Ch. 7 Syntactical Anomalies in Welsh, Irish and North African Languages 107
Ch. 8 The Evidence of Craniology 121
Ch. 9 Heading North to the Isle of Saints and Sages 149
Ch. 10 Merlin's Secret 163
Ch. 11 Comets and Trees 215
Ch. 12 Comets and Kings 247
Ch. 13 The Grail: Fire from the Sky 279
Ch. 14 The Heresy of the Grail Legends 297
Ch. 15 Lucifer's Emerald Isle 319
Ch. 16 Charles II and the Cavalier Lifestyle 331
Ch. 17 "What's that Moor's Head Doing on my Family Crest?" 373
Conclusion 399
Bibliography 401
Index 417
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