Isolated from Europe, Elizabeth I turned to the Islamic world.
This is only one story among many in the complex relationship between Europe and Islam. It is also a reminder of a time when it was the Islamic World was a beacon of toleration in contrast to intolerant Europe.
To read the full story go to: England’s Forgotten Muslim History – The New York Times
“Archaeologists have uncovered the most intact Bronze Age wheel ever found in the UK, at a site dubbed ‘Britain’s Pompeii’. ‘This remarkable but fragile wooden wheel is the earliest complete example ever found in Britain,’ said Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England.”
Source: The 3,000-Year-Old Wheel Found At ’Britain’s Pompeii’ On Farm Near Peterborough – Yahoo News
This is a side of Charles II that I was unaware of!
Charles II: Too randy to rule | History Extra.
Charles II shown at a court ball in the 1660s. He and his inner circle at court were obsessed with partying and he flaunted his mistresses in front of his wife, Catherine. (Credit: Bridgeman Art Library)
“Magna Carta has everything going for it to be venerated in the United States: It is old, it is English and, because no one has actually read the text, it is easy to invoke to fit current needs.” So true!
Read Tom Ginsburg’s argument de-mythologizing the famous document:
Stop Revering Magna Carta – NYTimes.com.
King John at Runnymede (1215) signing the Magna Carta
In today’s The New York Times, Kenan Malik wrote a great piece about the alleged “Muslim Plot” in Birmingham: “Education Should Be Beyond Belief: A ‘Muslim Plot’ in Birmingham Shows the Folly of Faith Schools.”