Here are some one liners...
The War of the Three Kingdoms and Remembering the Alamo -- England, Scotland and Ireland are slugging it out. It's the beginnings of the Troubles. I also talk about the Alamo and how everyone knows the name of an historical event but often don't know anything about how it got started.
The White Slaves of Barbary and the Mark of the Nazarene -- 3,000 to 5,000 Englishmen have been taken taken into slavery by the Muslims. I talk about ISIS and how Christians are being redeemed by philanthropists and being criticized for doing so.
Some Critical Discoveries -- Just a list of well known places that have been discovered this year and last year.
The War of the Three Kingdoms and Remembering the AlamoEvery since the Bishops' War ended between Presbyterian Scots and Anglican English, the Irish Catholics have been feeling uncomfortable. Peace between the Scots and the English means turning their unused armies loose upon Ireland. Most Englishmen see Ireland as a wilderness populated with primitive, uncivilized people, so the English and the Scottish Protestants feel justified in civilizing it. But the Irish Catholics can't tell the difference between the process of "civilizing" and the process of stealing everything they have! With the ongoing British Civil War, the Catholics make a deal with King Charles the 1st to keep their lands. That frees up the royalist armies to fight in the civil war down south, but after King Charles loses that war, the Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell will remember the Irish Catholics who sided with the King. By the end of the century only 14% of Ireland will remain in Catholic hands.       
The White Slaves of Barbary and the Mark of the NazareneThe Barbary Pirates have been devastating English shipping. At this point 3,000 to 5,000 men, women and children have been taken capture and sold as slaves by the local sultan. Even in the midst of the British Civil War, Parliament makes demands on the local churches to collect money to ransom their fellow Englishmen. It's going to take a lot of money to get this job done. On average a slave can be redeemed for about 150 pounds sterling or about $20,000 in modern dollars.   
Some Critical Discoveries
- * Christmas Island is discovered. (Santa is happy.) 
- * Tasmania was discovered last year by a guy named Tasman. What a coincidence!
- * New Zealand was discovered by the same guy. He called it Staten Island. 
This Year on Wikipedia
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