Hundreds of years ago, during the 10th Century, kings needed to rely on others for information. They usually hired scribes or wandering monks to fill them in on the history of the region. After all, the king was usually busy chasing Marie Antoinette-type girls around his well-manicured hedges or he had to go fight off raiding marauders from neighboring countries. Usually these intruders or lovers spoke a different language and keeping everything straight was a nightmare. Fortunately, these monks just wanted food and a little time to spread the Good word while writing a fairly accurate description about what was happening around or within the castle walls. Of course, in the end, the written word was dangerous and could start wars.
“Who wrote that and how dare he say the Princess is ugly?"
Most of the time, pride divided everyone and for safety’s sake, the monks decided to chronicle as Gallus Anonymous or just Anonymous for short. To this day, the accounts of what they wrote are enthusiastically contested back and forth by historical scholars, religious researchers and various countries with different points of view about who settled what, where and when. Though always controversial, the French, Italian and Hungarian monks wrote their now disputed portrayals in Latin or Greek for the aristocratic and educated, multilingual and faithful noblemen. Few of these documents survived but the writing that did is considered quite lovely in a literary and cultural sense.
Today when we think of Anonymous, we think of the spammers, who send us messages from across the globe. The real Anonymous had no typewriter and certainly no internet connections. No royalties, no advances, difficult, hostile conditions--
these were the writers who wrote for their king, their country and God.
Will your words create a stir? Do you cloak yourself behind a pen name? Are you Anonymous?