Here are some one liners...
The Rich Are Seeing Dollar Signs. The Poor Are Starving -- A silver strike in northern Peru (Bolivia) is causing massive inflation in Europe. In a sense... producing more silver is like "printing money". It produces the same inflation as does pumping more crude oil into the market place in the modern day.
The Wreck of the Mary Rose -- A new design imposed on an older ship causes the Mary Rose to go to the bottom. Only 3 dozen men out of 415 will survive. I talk about a seemingly small decision in the 1490s caused an avalanche many years later and that was why France was trying to invade England.
The Council of Trent's Opening Salvos -- By trying to address the problem of the Reformation, the major elements of the modern Catholic Church will be defined. The negotiations themselves will resemble the modern negotiations of nations... that is ... negotiating so that nothing happens... but something is going to happen this time.