The Historian’s Archive – Enzmann Histories

Edmund Devine

“Of all men’s miseries the bitterest is this: to know so much and to have control over nothing.” – Herodotus, The Histories

Since the beginning of mankind, we have wondered what happened before us, whilst we were not around, and most especially when it holds power over our lives in the present. Dr. Enzmann pursued answers to these musings, and the Archive holds a lot of what he considered answers. He desired to publish his work and increase the well of knowledge from which humans drink.

At FREA, we are surrounded with history, and as such, must grapple with the burden of how to send it forth into the world. History holds power over our lives in that it sets the foundation for what we build today and tomorrow. Yet we have no power over the past. This more especially affects me, as a student of scholastic knowledge, and makes the quote shown above ring with a clear clarions call. My name is Edmund Devine, I’ve worked here at FREA for about two and a half years.

During this blessed time working in the archive and immersing myself in the history recorded in the Archive, I’ve considered the above quote that was so eloquently written. During this time, I’ve written a few articles appealing to others on the subject of the preservation and publication of the Enzmann Archive. I shall continue to contribute to FREA’s mission by covering the books I’ve been reading from Dr. Enzmann’s personal library here at FREA and how they apply to this Archive in particular. Most of the books in the Enzmann Reference Library have handwritten notes inside. These are as valuable to his collected works as the books they are in.

Herodotus, a Greek writer from the fourth century BC is one of the firsthand accounts of ancient human history we have in this archive. This is important because Dr. Enzmann worked with nearly exclusively firsthand sources when it came to his writings on ancient history in general, and ancient linguistics in particular. As such, what many would consider myths that Herodotus wrote about in his seminal The Histories, were in fact, the diluted, storied tales of ancient humanity. These and other records of oral tradition are part of the foundation of the Enzmann History Archive.  His work on Ice Age Language (available at in which he translates ice age inscriptions, and his records of the propagation of ancient Homo Sapiens-Sapiens across the continents are the backdrop now from which I look upon books such as The Histories. When you take into context Enzmann’s records of the travels of ancient Vanir mariners across the world and the climatological makeup of our world even so recently as 10,000 BC one is challenged with a paradigm shift that is easier to brush off as fantasy than accept.

In truth though, the stories of our ancient forebearers ruling the waves long before Britannia declared it in song and empire alike, our ancient peoples traveled the world, mapping and settling, and setting their histories into what we call myths and fairy tales. In books from the Enzmann library such as Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings, and Fingerprints of the Gods, we find stories that are so old they are nearly forgotten completely. Stories of oral tradition and written tradition alike populate both Enzmann’s references and his writing. All of these books should be read alongside the manuscripts in the Archive, as they walk hand in hand with one another. They create an unbroken line from the age of astronomical knowledge our ancient ancestors uncovered, to the ships and designs, plans, and applied means by which people can and will propagate to the solar system and beyond.

Before I close, I shall include one more quote from Herodotus.

“I will cover minor and major human settlements equally, because most of those which were important in the past have diminished in significance by now, and those which were great in my own time were small in times past. I will mention both equally because I know that human happiness never remains long in the same place.”

Truer words of wisdom are seldom written. Now for possibly one of the most important things one can do to help FREA in its mission to publish this national treasure and offering this Archive to the world! A simple subscription of ten dollars a month gives you access to the work of Dr. Robert Duncan Enzmann as it is published, and there is still a great volume of work yet to be discovered as of the time of this writing. A monthly subscription of about the same cost as a few cups of coffee can give you insight into one of the brightest minds of the last 200 years. It offers a wider appreciation of the world we presently live in, and how blessed we truly are to live with such freedom of knowledge.

FREA’s quarterly journal, ENDEAVOR (available at, contains excerpts of the Enzmann Timeline and his chronologies. His biggest manuscript, Pillars, begins at billions of years BC and ends with a spacefaring human race. His collection of historical references is formidable.

A book list will be given soon to act as both an insight into the references Dr. Enzmann used when composing his theories and writings and as a reading list for those who have an interest in expanding their own horizons.

I wish you all the best, God bless you and your homes!

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