The early 16th century was the crucible of what was to become modern Europe. The previous fifty years had been marked by tremendous events. In 1453 Constantinople - the last stand of classical Rome, and the heart of eastern Christendom - had fallen to the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. In 1492 Imperial Spain … Continue reading #AtoZAprilChallenge Martin Luther
Constantine For the last post in this series, I want to share with you a few facts about a remarkable man, and a historical being who has haunted me since my youth. He was the son of an officer in the praetorian guard of emperor Aurelian, and of a mother named, inevitably, in my mind, … Continue reading #BlogMeMaybe: May 31 – May I tell you something about someone else?