Not so, "good English" distinguishes as follows:
could have = the thing is possible but the writer doesn't necessarily think it was so
may have = the writer thinks it very likely though it's only his opinion
might have = again, the writer's opinion but the likelihood is more remote than when "may" is used
It's debatable whether modern English really distinguishes between these any more or whether, if they are correctly used, the reader perceives the degree of probability existing in the writer's mind.
In any case, Rob's English would seem to be vindicated though, assuming Martin's dates are correct, he's slipped up on chronology in this case.
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