Marco Polo and the Missing Malaysian Airliner
As he lay dying in his home in Venice, his friends and relatives ask him to say that it was all a mistake. "I have not told half of what I saw," he replies and passes away at the age of 69. His famous book, "The Travels of Marco Polo," became controversial but quite popular. His book will inspire Christopher Columbus to find a easier road to the Far East and he will carry a copy of "The Travels" on his voyage across the Atlantic and make notes in the margins.    
The Defender of Peace
In a struggle for power between Pope John XXII and the Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV, the Pope has excommunicated the Emperor. Seeking support, the Emperor calls upon Marsiligio of Padua to find some scriptural or logical way to thwart the Pope's excommunication. The result is a document entitled "Defensor Pacis," The Defender of Peace. This document lays out the power of Kings over the Church and relegating the Pope to a lesser role along with several other ideas designed to reduce the power of the Pope over the King. Naturally, the Pope will reject this document.      
First Witch to Be Burned at the Stake
Petronilla is the handmaid of a woman who has recently lost her husband... the fourth one, in fact, who reported that he had the strangest suspicion that his wife was poisoning him. The authorities want to talk to Petronilla and after a vigorous interrogation, Petronilla admits she and her mistress, Dame Alice Kyteler, are witches who use magic spells on sticks of wood and fly. This admission causes Dame Alice to flee to parts unknown. Petronilla de Meath will have the dubious distinction of being the first to be burned at the stake in Ireland for witchcraft. This brings to mind the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and 1693 but those convicted of witchcraft were hung... not burned.    
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