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Bacon Goes Bust!

Friar Roger Bacon writes a major opus on science that mentions GUNPOWDER. He sends it to the Pope for approval before publishing, but Pope Clement IV dies, probably without reading it. Friar Bacon's major work will not see the light of day until 1897. The same work discussed spectacles for the far-sighted. [1]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Gunpowder was delayed in the West because of a rule instituted by the Franciscan Order that no friar was allowed to publish books without the Pope's approval. But the Pope must have died right when his book arrived, so it was set aside and probably never read.

Muslims Enter Indonesia, Sort of

Malik ul Salih converts to Islam and moves through Indonesia and Malaysia. So if you ever wondered how the Muslims came to Malaysia... don't ask. They will tell you someone else was the first Muslim... so... you never heard it from me. OK? [2]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
The research into this event went in strange directions. Some folks seem to get upset about this subject of exactly who and exactly when and especially... exactly where it happened. Sheesh!

Street Justice Outlawed

The oldest English law still in force in modern times was passed this year. The Statute of Marlborough says that you must use a local court system for justice; fines must be reasonable; tenants cannot destroy their lands; street justice (literally taking it to the street) is outlawed. [3]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Several provisions of the original Statute of Marlborough are no longer in force but a few remain, making it the oldest enforced law in England.

See Also


  1. Houghton Mifflin Guide to Science & Technology:In the year 1267
  2. "Malacca is What Again?" by Anonymous (for obvious reasons once you start reading it.)
  3. "The Statute of Marlborough 1267" (Official government text of legislation)

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