From the preface to Einhard’s The Life of Charlemagne,
I have been careful not to omit any facts that could come to my knowledge, but at the same time not to offend by a prolix style those minds that despise everything modern, if one can possibly avoid offending by a new work men who seem to despise also the masterpieces of antiquity, the works of most learned and luminous writers.
Einhard felt a need try to be politically correct in the face of the willfully ignorant piety of his day. Willfully ignorant piety is still alive and well in our world. In the face of its current incarnation, I don’t think we need make any effort not to offend.