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“If Jesus Himself had appeared before them, they would not have turned from the stove to greet Him, not even Isaiah Rowan.”

THEIR OVERCOATS STEAMED in the red-hot glow of the tiny stove, the steam rising to form ice on the ceiling of the cramped canvas tent. After a day’s slogging up and down the pass, they were each man and woman … Continue reading

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“Concubines had been a feature of life in Cambaluc, too.”

One Talikan, Spring, 1323 Concubines had been a feature of life in Cambaluc, too. Johanna’s own grandmother had been concubine to the great Kublai Khan before being given in marriage to her grandfather, the honored Marco Polo. It was natural … Continue reading

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A dossier on a 550-year European cold snap.

The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History 1300-1850 by Brian M. Fagan A dossier on a 550-year European cold snap compiled from tree rings, ice cores, and the accounts of country clergymen and gentlemen scientists. Do we make the … Continue reading

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