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Hidden History: The World at the turn of the First Millennium

Remember Y2K? How everything was going to fall apart because computers couldn’t switch over to the new millennium?

While there were no computers in 999 AD, people did panic. Many thought the world was going to end, which seems to be a recurring theme. In one of my mission in Black Tuesday (Time Patrol), I sent Roland back to 999 AD, landing him on a Viking longship off the coast of England. His mission was an intriguing one where I really “what-iffed” history. What if there had been a warrior-priest who united Northern Europe?

Roland’s mission was to make sure such a person was never even conceived, never mind born. It turns out to be more difficult than he could have imagined. Seems Roland is getting stuck with a lot of the hard missions. He runs into Kraken, Berserkers, Valkyries and more.

Here is the world in 999:

I particularly like the part about the Pope being in league with the devil!


Hidden History: 29 October 1618. “Fear not death too much, nor fear death too little . . .

. . .  lest you fail in your hopes; not too little, lest you die presumptuously. And here I must conclude with my prayers to God for it, and that he would have mercy on your soul.” Thus sayeth the Lord Chief Justice on 29 October 1618 to Sir Walter Raleigh.

Given that Raleigh had been living under a death sentence for a couple of decades, perhaps there was a silver lining?

The What If, of course, is if he hadn’t been executed? That’s the conundrum Mac, a Time Patrol agent, faces in Black Tuesday.

I’ve been getting feedback from parents who home-school about all the history in my Time Patrol books. How they find it’s a great way to mix entertainment and learning. It’s seems time travel is having a big comeback with several new TV shows featuring it.

Here is some interesting history from 1618:



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