"It was long ago, and it was far away, and it was so much better than it is today." ~ Meat Loaf
Either we take the past seriously, on its own terms, at ease with its complexities and contradictions, or we treat it as mere entertainment.
In the late 1700s, the vogue for sight-seeing – now a typical pursuit on Bank Holiday weekends – had arrived to stay.
The Mongol ruler Batu Khan defeated Béla IV of Hungary at the Battle of Mohi on 11 April, 1241. Europe braced itself.
Reparations paid by the Chinese to the US following the Boxer Rebellion were used to open Tsinghua University in Beijing on 11 April, 1911.
Enver Hoxha, 'Albania's Executioner' died on 11 April, 1985. He left his country isolated, ruled by terror and by far the poorest in Europe.
A cultural history of a condition that is estimated to have ravaged and then killed about two million mariners during the 'Age of Discovery'.