What will people say when you’re gone? Different perspectives on history

What will people say about your life when you’re gone? Will there be vastly different remembrances, or similar? If very different, it may say more about perspectives on the past than even you personally. I saw a TV interview today, with people giving their opinions on a political leader and how they were doing in… Read More What will people say when you’re gone? Different perspectives on history

Power Reversal: A 13th century Asian Christian leader gives Holy Communion to the King of England

It must have been a stark and stunning image that September day in 1287: Edward I, the King of England, kneeling to receive communion from Rabban Sauma, an Asian Church of the East leader. Sent from a Mongol ruler named Arghun from the capital near modern day Beijing, (and with overall Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan’s… Read More Power Reversal: A 13th century Asian Christian leader gives Holy Communion to the King of England

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever.”

Last week I was at Leeds University, giving a lecture on 13th century Asia-Europe connections at the annual International Medieval Conference. As I wandered around at lunch break, a plaque on a wall caught my attention. It was not on a main path, or very noticeable. But somehow my attention was drawn.  I do not… Read More “Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever.”