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Join Us on the Life of Franklin Tour 2018!

April 17, 2018 with No Comments and Posted in News by

We’d like to invite you to join us on our 2018 Life of Benjamin Franklin Tour this September, to explore the rich history of our nation during the life of Benjamin Franklin. We will begin in Philadelphia, and see the effect that Benjamin Franklin had on the city, through his printing shop, inventions, and organizations such as the American Philosophical Society. Continuing west through Pennsylvania, we will see early settlements in Pennsylvania, and French and Indian War battlefields. Back in Philadelphia, we’ll consider the writing of the Declaration of Independence, and the beginning of the American Revolution, before visiting some battlefields of the Revolution, such as Brandywine and Germantown. We’ll conclude at Benjamin Franklin’s grave after considering his influence on the U.S. Constitution at Independence Hall.

All the details are available here.

Hannibal Biography Giveaway

November 3, 2017 with No Comments and Posted in News by

We are giving away a copy of Hannibal’s Oath: The Life and Wars of Rome’s Greatest Enemy, a new biography of Hannibal that we just reviewed here on Discerning History. You can enter using the widget below, the giveaway closes at 12:00 am on November 10th, 2017.

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June 7, 2017 with No Comments and Posted in News by


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St. Thomas Church in Leipzig

May 25, 2017 with No Comments and Posted in News by

This is St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany. It was here that Johann Sebastian Bach was kapellmeister here for most of his career. Martin Luther also preached here during the Reformation, and Mozart played the organ here.

Tabor: A Hussite City

May 23, 2017 with No Comments and Posted in News by

The city of Tabor was founded as a Christian community by the Hussites in Bohemia – modern day Czech Republic. The Taborites, under the brilliant leadership of Jan Zizka, are famous for their military victories against the Catholics.

Marco Polo’s House

May 22, 2017 with 2 Comments and Posted in News by

This is the house of Marco Polo -almost certainly the most celebrated resident of Venice. He traveled to China and spent many years there, trading and working for the Grand Kahn Although he is the one famous for doing so, he was far from the first. In fact, his father and uncle had gone there before him, and it was they who introduced him to Kublai Kahn. The reason Marco Polo is a name we all know, is because he took the time to set his experiences down in ‘The Travels of Marco Polo’. #marcopolo #empire #venice #venetzia #history #travel #italy #italia #reformation500tour

Venice’s Empire

May 22, 2017 with No Comments and Posted in News by

Although we may know Venice as a beautiful Italian city where travel is by gondolas, at one time Venice controlled an empire. As a merchant republic focused on trading and profit, Venice only ruled lands that furthered those ends.

The Roman Forum

May 20, 2017 with No Comments and Posted in News by

This is the Forum, the beating heart of Ancient Rome. It was an open square used for public meetings and orations, with temples and government buildings along the side. Some of the most important events in Roman history took place here, including triumphs, murders and riots.

Lake Trasimene Battlefield

May 20, 2017 with No Comments and Posted in News by

Lake Trasimene, where Hannibal hid his entire army in the hills, then surprised and slaughtered the Romans who were marching along the lake. Tradition says that Trasimene was red for three days from the blood of the slain Romans.

The Trebbia River

May 20, 2017 with No Comments and Posted in News by

Along the shores of the Trebbia River, the Carthaginian invaders under Hannibal, including African cavalry and 40 elephants, defeated the Romans under Tiberius Sempronius Longus.

Battle of Trebbia Monument

May 19, 2017 with No Comments and Posted in News by

Today we visited the site of the Battle of Trebbia – the first major conflict Hannibal and his men had with the Roman army after their unprecedented march through the Alps in 218 B.C. About 40 elephants made it through the mountains, and they helped win a victory for the Carthaginians, mainly by demoralizing the enemy. The only trouble with elephants is that they are liable to panic and charge the wrong army!

Sibaud Monument

May 18, 2017 with No Comments and Posted in News by

Monumento Sibaud – a tribute in the Bobbio Valley to the Waldenses’ GLorious Return. The Waldenses were exiled from their homeland in modern Italy, and resettled in Geneva and other Protestant lands. But they determined to return to their homeland in modern Italy, so they secretly undertook the difficult journey through the Alps. When they arrived, their troubles were far from over, as their valleys were controlled by the hostile Catholic forces of the Duke of Savoy.