Here are some one liners...
Age of Discovery: The Fra Mauro Map -- The Portuguese order a map from the cartographer Fra Mauro. I also talk about polar routes and how 2d maps can be misleading in a 3d world.
Dracula: Impaling the Ottomans -- Vlad the Impaler earns his name when the Ottomans come to call, looking for their money.
War of the Roses: Driving Queen Margaret -- Queen Margaret seems to be driving this confrontation between York and Lancaster and she is neither. I also talk a little about the act of