Here are some one liners...
The Reverend Introduces a (nearly) Open Source Machine -- Knitted stockings are all the rage so a reverend invents a machine that knits socks. His patent is rejected because it will cause the loss of jobs. He will win acceptance because he will sell his machines overseas rather than try to use the machines exclusively.
The Werewolf of Bedburg and Preserving One's Humanity -- Another guy is burned for being a mass murderer. He is a farmer who may have started by hurting animals. I talk about the importance of rules for killing farm animals for food and the rules for hunting.
Henry Kills Henry, then Henry is Killed in Turn so Henry Takes the Throne -- The War of the Three Henrys keeps France busy killing each other.