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Summary & outline:
"Our space-age society relies almost exclusively on science to glean truth. This tends to denigrate the work of poets and other
non-scientific writers as transmitters of verifiable data. This may be the result of what
Giorgio de Santillana, in his introduction to Norman
The Dawn of Astronomy, considers 'a habit so deeply ingrained in us after 400 years of 'warfare between religion and science' that
we never realise how much it corrupts our judgment when extrapolated into ancient history of other civilisations.'

Many, for example, continue to consider Plato's dialogues on Atlantis (
Timaeus and Critias),  the land of giants, where civilisation began,
and the centre of the world's knowledge, as mere fable.

Did all things
end in Atlantis? According to Comyns Beaumont, the author of this book, antediluvian history did, that is, history before the
Flood or Deluge - the destruction of Atlantis.

(Wm.) Comyns Beaumont was born in England in 1873. In his early years he was secretary to an American diplomat and a foreign
correspondent for the
New York Herald. From his 30s onward Beaumont was engaged in a succession of journalistic efforts on London's
famed Fleet Street, the omphalos of British publishing.

The journals he edited dealt primarily with politics, the arts, and society. He was well connected in politics from his early career and with
the arts mainly through his sister's husband,  Sir Gerald Du Maurier, a highly successful actor  and playwright. Beaumont was the first to
recognise and to publish the early writing of his talented niece, Dame Daphne Du Maurier, now world-famous.

There was another side to Beaumont, largely unknown to the elite of British publishing and of society with which he mixed. At an early age
Beaumont became a believer in
Catastrophism,  the doctrine that major changes in nature occur suddenly from external sources.

As early as 1909 he visited the site of a calamitous earthquake at Messina in Sicily that killed 200,000 persons the preceding year. In his
A Rebel in Fleet Street, Beaumont observed: "My views on seismic and volcanic phenomena were (and are) by no means
orthodox, for whilst the accepted and conventional dogma is that they are caused by internal adjustments of the earth, my contention is
that they are entirely external and are caused by meteoric impacts which in turn are closely related to cometary movements."

Although Beaumont's views are unorthodox, they do not suppose a supernatural agency. However, because it stresses discontinuity in
change, the Catastrophic philosophy has long been used by Biblical fundamentalists. The more sudden or radical the change, the greater the
tendency to attribute it to divine intervention, rather than to a natural process.

A bitter controversy was fought in the 19th century between the religious supporters of  Catastrophism and the champions of Evolutionism,
the doctrine that continuity rules the slow and gradual changes of nature. Evolutionism prevailed because it was adaptable to the new
politics of social competition then being forged. Catastrophism, crippled by its close identification with supernaturalism, suffered eclipse.
Victorious science soon became one-sided and dogmatic toward all theories incorporating catastrophic views (witness the furore caused in
1950 over
Immanuel Velikovsky's Worlds in Collision).

Even scientists with credible academic backgrounds had trouble being published when their views challenged the established dogma of
evolutionary progression. One example was the failure of the American authors - catastrophists Allan 0. Kelly and Frank Dachille - to find a
commercial publisher. Eventually they had to do it themselves. The book,
TARGET EARTH - The Role of Large Meteorites in Earth
, 1952, had only limited readership because of this flaw in the publishing system.

Beaumont's heresy had already dated back several decades. Coeval with his journalistic efforts, Beaumont developed his theories of
Catastrophism from the 1920s onward in a series of books about the collision of a comet (or cometary fragments) with earth and the
aftermath. He found limited readership. The times were out of joint for theories of Catastrophism.

Beaumont's catastrophic theories were first presented in several earlier books:
The Riddle of the Earth; The Mysterious Comet; The
Riddle of Prehistoric Britain, and Britain - The Key to World History.    

The Riddle of the Earth, Beaumont's earliest book, was published in 1925 under the pseudonym "Appian Way." It reads like an early version
of Velikovsky's
Theses and Worlds in Collision.

Like his predecessors, George Cuvier and Ignatius Donnelly, Beaumont was a confirmed Catastrophist. Unlike them, he believed that
cometary "collisions" play the primary role in the development of mankind's history.

The Great Deception, although heavily documented with Biblical and historical sources as well as lengthy personal researches throughout
Britain, is bound to be controversial. It is well off the beaten track of accepted orthodoxy. In this respect, Beaumont is somewhat akin to
Velikovsky, Von Daniken and a host of others whose speculations have been commercially viable without being accepted by the Scientific
Establishment. Indeed, in numerous respects Beaumont goes well beyond other investigators of man's historical origins. He is the first to
challenge the orthodox views of ancient geography, chronology, and history in a systematic and scholarly manner.

The crux of Beaumont's historical schema is that civilisation arose in the north, Scotland, the Scottish Isles, and Scandinavia. From there it
spread to the Mediterranean lands,  the reverse of the generally accepted process. This North Atlantic civilisation,  identified with Atlantis,
was the victim of a close encounter with a twin comet in the 14th century before Christ. The disaster, called
The Great Catastrophe by
Beaumont, vastly altered the course of the history of mankind. Although there was no actual "sinking" of Britain-Atlantis, some northern and
western precincts were permanently submerged and the island was ravaged by tidal waves and earthquakes. As a result of this catastrophe,
the temperature dropped. Many of the survivors abandoned the island for Mediterranean lands where they already had colonies.

Beaumont contends, through the interpretation of meticulous documentation, that even following this dispersal, many of the main events
of ancient and Biblical history occurred in Britain and not in the lands at the eastern end of the Mediterranean.

The wars between the Roman legions and the tribes of Britain, Beaumont asserts, were identical to those supposedly fought in the eastern
The "Jerusalem" destroyed by Emperor Hadrian in A.D. 136 was actually the city on the site of the present Edinburgh.

The subsequent confusion as to places and events in this period is laid by Beaumont at the feet of the Emperor Constantine. Using his
enormous dictatorial powers, Constantine had texts altered and suppressed. He figuratively relocated "Jerusalem" by having his mother, the
Empress Helena, and a clique of trustworthy prelates "discover" it in the Near East. It is no coincidence that this discovery was located close
to the Emperor's new capital at Constantinople at a time when Rome's grip on the
true Holy Land of Britain was slackening.

Beaumont was among the first to offer a revision to accepted chronology. Almost uniquely, he has seriously challenged the orthodox
geography of the ancient world. Beaumont's Catastrophic theories,  summarised from his books, relate that sometime near 1322 B.C.
cometary fragments of Saturn, possibly as a twin comet, approached from the north east to south west and struck the earth in the north of
Europe and Britain. The concussion was so violent that it caused the earth's axis to wobble and to alter its inclination, causing drastic
climatic changes, as revealed by geology. This collision, because of its magnitude and severity, ended Atlantean civilisation. Beaumont
considers this disaster the same as the
Flood of Noah (Deucalion or Ogyges).

The centre of Atlantean civilisation, Beaumont asserts, was in the region now occupied by Britain and Scandinavia. In the centuries after
the cataclysm, owing primarily to the gradual chilling of the climate, the descendants of the survivors spread southward to sunnier climes,
to already founded colonies, carrying with them the old traditions and legends. There they developed the cultures of the Near and Middle
East - Greek, Egyptian, and Roman. This contradicts the generally accepted tenet that civilisation spread northward from the Middle East.

The publication of Beaumont's earlier books covered a quarter of a century, arousing zeal among a small coterie of readers. His research
offers a unique alternative to existing theories of the past; a gifted and intelligent amateur may provide fresh insights into historical and
scientific questions. Beaumont's challenging work will stand on its own merits."

(Stephanos & MacNamara, 1982)


We are preparing pages on the work of the original Comyns Beaumont Society. We hope to complete this work by the end of 2017