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Getting to the Moon: How Science Fiction Became Reality

Getting to the Moon

by Brian Clegg Getting to the Moon As soon as it was realized that the Moon was more than a light in the sky, the idea of journeying to it became appealing, though early narratives of lunar travel now seem

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Posted in Ancient & Medieval History

Homer Matters: Why?

Why Homer Matters

by Adam Nicolson Chapter 1 One evening ten years ago I started to read Homer in English. With an old friend, George Fairhurst, I had just sailed from Falmouth to Baltimore in southwest Ireland, 250 miles across the Celtic Sea.

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Posted in Ancient History

Churchill and His Money: No More Champagne

No More Champagne

by David Lough An Introduction: Churchill and his Money This book owes its genesis to a provocative history teacher and to a scandalized grandmother. The first tried to stimulate independent thought in his fourteen-year-old pupils by describing Winston Churchill as

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Posted in Modern History

A Brief Discussion on the History of England with Peter Ackroyd

Michael Hoak: The history of England is full of watershed moments and events that are known to practically everyone, for better or for worse—the invasion by William of Normandy, the Magna Carta, the reign of Henry VIII, and the Gunpowder

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Posted in Ancient & Medieval History, Medieval History

Treaty of Tordesillas: The 1494 Decision Still Influencing Today’s World

By Stephen R. Brown The bull Inter Caetera and several other bulls from the same era form the basis of the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas between Spain and Portugal. The treaty was, among other things, a catalyst in the development

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Posted in Ancient & Medieval History, Medieval History

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