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By Elizabeth MacLeod, Frieda Wishinsky, Qin Leng

From Buddha and Muhammad to King and Mandela, from the invention of fireside to the discovery of the area extensive net, and from Romeo and Juliet to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, this can be a thorough and punctiliously exciting compendium of vital humans and occasions.

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For example, the words “Thursday,” “berserk” and “outlaw” can be traced back to their language. The Viking language, culture and traditions have become part of the fabric of European life. 33 1044 C Gunpowder invented hinese chemists may have accidentally made gunpowder in 1044 when they were trying to find a substance that would give people eternal life. They realized the powder had another (and potentially deadly) use when it flared up and burned down the house where they were working. ” Before gunpowder, the bigger and stronger fighter usually won the battle.

Guns sped up the settlement of new lands. Pioneers could use guns to protect themselves and shoot animals for food and fur. Crusades begin or about 200 years they fought, Christians against Muslims, for a tiny strip of land in the Middle East around Jerusalem. This was the Holy Land, where Jesus Christ (page 27) had lived and died. The land had fallen into Muslim hands, and Pope Urban II decided that Christians in Europe had a duty to win it back. The 200-year-long series of battles came to be called the Crusades because the Christians wore a cross, called a crux in Latin, sewn to their clothes.

These skilled sailors didn’t use the compass (page 23). By the time it was around, the Viking era was drawing to a close. With such great navigational skills, you’d think the Vikings would have explored beyond Europe. The problem was that their ships, although well suited to shallow water, were difficult to sail in the open sea. One Viking, Eric the Red, did make a long sea journey and settled in Greenland. He was forced into it. He’d been kicked out of his homeland, Iceland, because he had murdered too many of his fellow Vikings.

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