Perhaps you might resort to giving some reason why any particular set of
thinkers over many centuries can be lumped into one set of ideas or even
why you think the term "Dark Ages" still carries any assumed single
concept.  For example, the Lollards and Wycliffe and Marguerite Porete
and the Beguines are still up for resorting.

As a matter of courtesy, if you feel the need to imply or assert that others
do not know fairly common knowledge about history and literature,
perhaps you should not be surprised at pointed comments that we did all,
in fact, study medieval at one point.  It is not an exclusive affair about
which others need to be informed.

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As Peter has agreed with me, I won't delve too deeply except to say that
1) I will not resort to quoting people I studied with and 2) I can say
"Most Medieval Thinkers" because if you ask someone who has cursory
knowledge of Medieval thought or literature then they will mention people
who thought Iike Boethius and Dante.  Do you know why?  Because their
literature survived in great quantities.  Did this literature survive
because it was contradictory to the zeitgeist of the Dark Ages?  I doubt