Phantom Time Hypothesis
The Phantom Time Hypothesis, as proposed by Heribert Illig, a German theorist, is that the recorded history of the Early Middle Ages (AD 614 - 911), particularly the Carolingian period, is a falsehood that was spread by the Holy Roman Emperor Otto III and Gerbert d'Aurillac, and that the era described did not take place.
- (in English) Illig, Heribert (2005), "The Invented Middle Ages", Anomalous Eras - Best Evidence, Best Theory, bearfabrique.org, http://www.bearfabrique.org/Catastrophism/illig_paper.htm
- (in German) Illig, Heribert (2002), Das erfundene Mittelalter: Die größte Zeitfälschung der Geschichte, Berlin: Ullstein Tb, http://amzn.to/2dvXbnN — [The Invented Middle Ages: The Greatest Falsification in History]
- Bellows, Alan, The Phantom Time Hypothesis, damninteresting.com, http://www.damninteresting.com/the-phantom-time-hypothesis/