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Red Letter Days

When Henry VIII found himself in need of a divorce I’m sure he had no idea what a nest of hornets he released. The divorce should have been easy enough. Though divorce was illegal, there were always ways for the papacy to manage to bend the rules for one of their supporters. The problem was … Continue reading

Multiple Time Zones

In a world where most of us don’t know what day it is half the time, it’s impressive that in the Middle Ages, Europe operated in several time zones simultaneously. Following on from the book Keeping Time, which dealt with early notions of time keeping, here’s something from Stripping of the Altars, which describes a … Continue reading