The Battle of Stirling Bridge -- The English Commander Slept in Late William Wallace Memorial On a hill overlooking the plains of southern Scotland is a 220-foot castle tower museum dedicated to William Wallace, “Braveheart,” “the Guardian of Scotland.” In the 1200’s, the English had captured the strategic Stirling Castle. On an early morning in … Continue reading “Braveheart” Defeated the English Because Their Commander Slept In Late
"Historical Saturday" Slavery Throughout History Egyptian Slavery All ancient civilizations engaged in the horrific practice of slavery. The primary source of slaves was war captives. Chattel slavery was accepted throughout the world for over 10,000 years. It was not until the abolitionist movement in America and Europe in the 18th Century that slavery became broadly … Continue reading Slavery in Perspective: Past and Present
"Historical Saturday" Founding Fathers: Friends and Enemies We assume the founding fathers were lifelong friends and colleagues. Nothing could be further from the truth. Most people don’t realize that many of these founding fathers ended up as enemies. Patrick Henry Patrick Henry was a great orator. His rhetorical skills were impressive and persuasive. His … Continue reading “Founding Enemies” (Pt 2/4)- Patrick Henry versus James Madison
Welsh Village Homebodies Fifty years ago, I lived in Wales. I was surprised to meet elderly folks who had never left the village where they were born. They were content where they lived, and they had no interest in leaving. Some more adventurous people said: "Went to London once. Never again!" "Visited Paris. Didn't like … Continue reading Travelers, Explorers, Homebodies and the Family That Lived in the Same English Village for 10,000 Years.