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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. This volume is a companion work to The Riddle of Prehistoric Britain in which I endeavoured to prove by evidence, gathered over a wide field from ancient and modern sources, that the British Isles were highly civilized from the earliest times, and, indeed, that Britain may be proudly enthroned as the true and original mother of civilization.
This purpose evidence was derive This volume is a companion work to The Riddle of Prehistoric Britain in which I endeavoured to prove by evidence, gathered over a wide field from ancient and modern sources, that the British Isles were highly civilized from the earliest times, and, indeed, that Britain may be proudly enthroned as the true and original mother of civilization. This purpose evidence was derived from geographical, geological, astronomical, historical and legendary sources to the effect that this major catastrophe afflicted northern and western Europe.
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It opens up a different perspective, however. There seem to be few if any book reviews on William Comyns Beaumont. This is undeserved. It is also of note that Beaumont seems to have been the inspiration for Velikovsky. I do note that Prof. Too many non-fiction authors merely summarise the works of others. Here we have the original thoughts and research of someone who is a genius antiquary.
There is certainly value to be gained in reading old books, even if one does not agree with the obsolete contentions. From one perspective, this book is perhaps a last gasp of the Anglo-Israelist movement, but that is not quite fair, for there is more to it than thata lot more Beaumont did not believe in Zionism.
He considers that many historical events did not happen in the Middle East, but in Britain. This book is obviously the product of many years, perhaps a lifetime of research. For that reason, and its carefully written format, it's clearly a quality book. The theories however are another matter.
Some seem to have merit, but others seem reliant on geographical similarities, which can unfortunately lead to error. He notes that the wars against Jerusalem coincide with the building of Hadrian's wall. Thence he considers that the wall was built to help obliterate Jerusalem. Beaumont considers that the description of Jerusalem does not match the topography of Jerusalem at all. It really refers to the area around Edinburgh castle.
How might this have occurred? Perhaps Josephus' works are not really those of Josephus? While it is likely his works were tampered with, the insertion of Christ into the margins for instance for Beaumont's ideas to be correct, we would also require a major analysis of primary written evidence, which he does not provide. That's not all. Sesostris' conquest of Asia was really Europe. I would like to say that many of Beaumont's ideas are probably flat out wrong.
They are wrong no matter how much you look at them. Either he is so far above everyone else that we are just not getting it, or something else is happening, perhaps to the tune of Fomenko's chronological revisions, though this is not one of the topics of Beaumont. There is mythical and legendary relevance to the theories of Beaumont, even if they are not historically correct.
For instance, we know that many pagan elements were incorporated into the Bible, so it is not impossible that two separate traditions once peregrinated across in stone age times, one finding its way in Britain, and the other in the Bible as some kind of sacrificier of Christians. Tribal names also with a similar root to Avebury, could pop up in different places due to various migrations from sources independent of tribal destinations.
On the one hand, however, his ideas really DO make one think! Why was Hadrian's wall built. Obviously it was the depletion of soldiers caused by the war in Israel, although this is not really mentioned in texts about the wall, which focus on Britain.
Why does the name Sal of Britain sound so similar to Biblical Saul? The reader may begin to think that there is "something to it" after all, some lost connection, but he is unsure what. Beaumont's solution is that Britain's geography is the connection.
I think not. Rather, peregrinating tribes and traders may have shared early legends with Britain. That could be a more realistic link. Several of Beaumont's more moderate theories have merit. Did the Phoenicians have colonies in the north? The Runes appear to be derived from Phoenician characters, and the legend of Odin is likewise partly Mediterranean. Thence his idea that the Belgae derive their name from Baal does not seem an unreasonable suggestion, at first glance, even if there is probably a better explanation.
The fact the suggestion seems very diffusionist and early 20th century opens it to unfortunate and perhaps unwarranted ridicule. At times the details are tedious but then again the work is precise and is reliant upon details to make its point.
A person would be more likely to enjoy this work if they are both a fan of ancient and biblical history as well as a fan of the topography of Britain. I have long ago decided that I am not going to review a book unless it can be given five stars. This book gets there, but barely. The merit is in the above points, and the entertainment provided by the sensational ideas.
I am not saying that Beaumont is a figure of ridicule. On the contrary he is incredibly intelligent. The ideas make one think. It should not be treated as a work of history, but speculation, interesting and incredible speculation which is almost plausible. Beaumont often needs there to be some kind of "big pitch," some dramatic twist in order to explain everything. Beaumont's major legacy is not in history, but in the catastrophism of some of this other works: distant pre-history.
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Britain The Key To World History
Britain: Key To World History by William Comyns Beaumont  is perhaps the most suppressed historical work of the 20th century, the following extract from which is published under the internationally accepted principles of Fair Use and Fair Dealing, for the purposes of educating the public and providing commentary on the inherent flaws in the version of history taught in academic institutions. THIS VOLUME is a companion work to The Riddle of Prehistoric Britain in which I endeavoured to prove by evidence, gathered over a wide field from ancient and modern sources, that the British Isles were highly civilised from the earliest times, and, indeed, that Britain may be proudly enthroned as the true and original mother of civilisation. I sought, moreover, to prove that the Atlantean calamity was a variation in other words of the Flood of Noah, or, as the Greeks termed it, the Deluge of Deucalion. For this purpose evidence was derived from geographical, geological, astronomical, historical and legendary sources to the effect that this major catastrophe afflicted northern and western Europe, mainly the Scandinavian lands and beyond all the British Islands. I claimed, in fact, that the Atlantis Island was no other than the British Isles, which bear the scars of that catastrophe to this day, that Atlantis was not permanently submerged, or even much of it, tremendous though the ultimate effects were. These islands, I showed, were the true Hesperides or Happy Islands of yore, and are known to have been inhabited from the earliest Palaeolithic or Old Stone Age onwards, and were the original domicile of the sons of Adam, who were the Titans or Giants of classic fame, as well as being the Atlanteans of Plato. My object, may I point out, was far greater than any mere academic effort, as some critics seemed to imagine, to identify Atlantis.
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William Comyns Beaumont , also known as Comyns Beaumont , — 30 December   was a British journalist , author , and lecturer. Beaumont was a staff writer for the Daily Mail  and eventually became editor of the Bystander in   and then The Graphic in Beaumont's astronomical speculations were later mirrored by Immanuel Velikovsky 's works. Satan was a comet that collided with the earth and caused Noah's Flood. The ancient Egyptians were in fact Irishmen.