Wrong History.

By “wrong history” we mean not history that includes some mistakes of fact, but history that is so egregiously misinformed that there is no correcting it. Anything involving Atlantis, or the supposition that the Irish built the Pyramids of Egypt, or a vast conspiracy of all the authors ever published to conceal the true facts, will find its home here. Usually such things are euphemistically termed “Alternative History,” but we like our term better.


Atlantis: The Antediluvian World. By Ignatius Donnelly. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1882.

The Submerged Continents of Atlantis and Lemuria. Their history and civilization. Being chapters from the Akashic Records. By Rudolf Steiner. Authorized translation from the German by Max Gysi. American edition. Chicago: The Rajput Press, 1911. —Rudolf Steiner explains that, by reading the Akashic Records (a process that, in his description, sounds oddly similar to making stuff up), one can arrive at a more accurate knowledge of history than one can obtain by mere evidence:

Now external history depends on what has been preserved to us in time; and no one, dependent only on external evidence, can even say whether that which has been preserved is true.

But everything which arises in time has its origin in the Eternal, and although the Eternal is not accessible to sense-perception, the paths that lead to a perception of the Eternal are available to man. He can so develop the forces that slumber within him as to be able to know this Eternal. In the articles on “How to Attain Knowledge of the Higher Worlds,” which have appeared under the title “The Way of Initiation” and “Initiation and its Results,” the method of this training is indicated. In these two books it has been shown that at a certain high stage of knowledge, man can even penetrate to the everlasting sources that underlie the passing things of time. (Let the reader here have patience; these matters can only be dealt with. by degrees.) If a man in the way described has developed his power to know, then, as regards knowledge of the past, he is no longer restricted entirely to outer evidence. Then he can behold that which in the happening is imperceptible to the senses, that which no time can destroy. He presses on from evanescent history to that which does not pass away. It is true that this history is written in other than the ordinary characters, and in the Gnosis, in Theosophy, is called “The Akashic Records.” Only a feeble picture of these records can be given in our language, for it is adapted to the uses of the world of sense, and what we name with it receives at once the character of that world. Thus the narrator might give to the uninitiated, to one who cannot yet from his own experience convince himself of the actuality of a distinct spiritual world, the impression of being a mere visionary, if not indeed something worse.

He who has won for himself the power to observe in the spiritual world, there recognizes bygone events in their eternal character. They stand before him, not as dead witnesses of history, but in the fulness of life. In a certain sense, the past events are played out before him. Those who have learnt to read such a living script can look back into a far more distant past than that which external history depicts—and they can also, by direct spiritual perception, describe those matters which history relates, in a far more trustworthy manner than is possible by the latter.

“Let the reader have patience” will be found useful advice. One would hate to mistake Dr. Steiner for a visionary or something worse.

A Dweller on Two Planets; or, The Dividing of the Way. By Phylos the Thibetan. Los Angeles: Poseid Publishing Company, 1920. —A channeled biography of a citizen of Atlantis, revealing “man’s inhumanity to man,” which we could not have known about if it had not been revealed to us by an Atlantean.


The Lost Lemuria. With two maps showing distribution of land areas at different periods. By W. Scott-Elliot. London: Theosophical Publishing Society, 1904.

The Submerged Continents of Atlantis and Lemuria. Their history and civilization. Being chapters from the Akashic Records. By Rudolf Steiner. Authorized translation from the German by Max Gysi. American edition. Chicago: The Rajput Press, 1911.

Catastrophism in General.

That is, the idea that ancient history or prehistory is explained by great catastrophes otherwise unknown to science and records, but perhaps preserved in ancient myths.

Ragnarok: The Age of Fire and Gravel. By Ignatius Donnelly. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1883. —A near approach of a comet explains everything.
Another copy.
Eleventh edition. Chicago: R. S. Peale and Company, 1887.

My Nation Was the Mother of All Civilization.

Irish Wisdom Preserved in Bible and Pyramids. By Conor MacDari. —This is the text of the original 1923 edition, which we were unable to find in a scanned copy anywhere on line, although many reprint-sellers are hawking facsimiles.

Macedonian - The European Mother Tongue, with dictionary of ancient words still present in today Macedonian language. The all-inclusive PIE substratum of Pelasgo-Proto-Macedonic, i.e. Nashinski (Lat. Nostratic) and its 15,000 years old continuum with explained etymological phonologies from various sources and online dictionaries link-citations. By Basil Chulev, 2018.

Shakespeare Was Not Shakespeare.

The Great Cryptogram: Francis Bacon’s Cipher in the So-Called Shakespeare Plays. By Ignatius Donnelly. Chicago: R. S. Peale & Company, 1888. —There seems to have been no discipline in which Ignatius Donnelly was not thoroughly misinformed. “Neither must it be forgotten that I have worked out but a tithe of the story growing out of 523–218=305. I have given part of that which flows from 305 minus 31 or 32, at the top of 79:1; but 305 is also modified by deducting the other fragments of 79:1, as 284 and 285 (31 or 32 to 317), 57 or 58, the last section in the column, and 199 or 200 (318 to 518), etc.” This from page 800. Reader, if you have made it so far, do not despair! You have only 198 more pages to go.

“Shakespeare” Identified in Edward de Vere the Seventeenth Earl of Oxford. By J. Thomas Looney. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1920. —This is the original source of the “Oxford” hypothesis. Apparently the author’s name is pronounced “LO-nee,” so there will be no tittering in the gallery.
The same. London: Cecil Palmer, 1920.

The Poems of Edward de Vere, Seventeenth Earl of Oxford (Shakespeare Edition). With biographical notice, introduction to the poems and notes by J. Thomas Looney. London: Cecil Palmer, 1921. —Looney’s edition of the genuine poems of the Earl of Oxford is a useful argument against his hypothesis that Oxford wrote Shakespeare, though obviously Looney would disagree with us here. No candid critic would attribute these poems to Shakespeare. Shakespeare loves wordplay and unusual vocabulary. Oxford loves alliteration. In some of the poems alliteration is overtly part of the scheme of the poem, but the others are also full of incidental alliterations. Alliteration is Oxford’s thing. It is his one trick. Shakespeare seldom uses it.

Supposed Ancient Texts.

The Oera Linda Book, from a manuscript of the thirteenth century. With the permission of the proprietor, C. Over de Linden, of the Helder. The original Frisian text as verified by Dr. J. O. Ottema, accompanied by an English version of Dr. Ottema’s Dutch translation, by William R. Sandbach. London: Trübner & Co., 1876. —You will learn that Frisia is the mother of all civilization, which must render it very satisfying to be Frisian.