History - Lucille Turner
The Fall of Constantinople

The Fall of Constantinople

Present-day Istanbul was once called Constantinople, and it was in Greek hands until it fell to the Ottoman army in 1453. For centuries the city was the principal capital of the Christian world, until Rome replaced it little by little, exerting its power through the...
Historical Perspectives on Happiness

Historical Perspectives on Happiness

What is Happiness? People have been engaged in the search for happiness for a very long time. Identifying what makes us happy has preoccupied us for millennia. It is a subject that connects deeply with our sense of purpose. Is happiness the ultimate purpose of life,...
Historical Perspectives on Pandemics

Historical Perspectives on Pandemics

History is full of pandemics. As populations have expanded, epidemics have increased. Even in ancient times great epidemics scoured the globe, bringing monumental changes in their wake. Some of these epidemics became pandemics, although in ancient times the world was...
ENTERTAINING HISTORY – Banking by Stick

ENTERTAINING HISTORY – Banking by Stick

BANKING BY STICK It is hard to believe that for hundreds of years the national method of accounting carried out by the London Treasurer consisted of taking a length of wood and cracking it in two.  At first sight, wood cracking hardly seems a proper way to run a...