Eleanor of Aquitaine II

Lead: Turned out by one royal husband, the King of France, Eleanor of Aquitaine married his rival, the future King of England.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: Strong and independent, Eleanor resisted at each stage of her career the role of quiet docile wife. After a stormy fifteen years in 1152, Louis VII of France had their marriage annulled. Their four daughters remained with the King and Eleanor was sent home to Poitiers a very eligible lady, possibly the richest woman in Europe. Within two months she was married, this time to Henry Plantagenet, the namesake and grandson of the King of England who was at that time pressing his claim to inherit the Crown. A successful invasion of England and the death of his chief rival yielded him the throne. Henry and Eleanor became King and Queen of England in December 1154.

Eleanor of Aquitaine I

Lead: At her father's unexpected death in 1137, fifteen-year-old Eleanor, daughter of Duke Guillaume of Aquitaine, found herself heiress to a huge region of western France. It made one of the most eligible catches in Europe.

Intro. : A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In a long and busy life Eleanor would be Queen of France and England, either marry or closely advise four kings, conduct romantic dalliances, engineer rebellions, rule England directly for long stretches of time and this in an era in which women were generally considered at best attractive appendages to their husbands and sons.

Patrick Henry and the Parson’s Cause II

Lead: In the 1700s the United States broke from England. No colony in history had done that before. This series examines America’s Revolution.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: Having secured the support of the English Privy Council in striking down a Virginia statute that sought to relieve debtors facing ruin because of a spike in tobacco prices caused by drought, several Anglican clergymen set Virginian teeth on edge by suing to have their salaries paid at the full market rate, drought and inflation be damned. Their efforts were turned aside in two cases, but that of the most Rev. Mr. James Maury of Louisa County received favorable judgment from the court who then referred the case to a jury for a determination of the damages.

Patrick Henry and the Parson’s Cause I

Lead: In the 1700s the United States broke from England. No colony in history had done that before. This series examines America’s Revolution.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: Patrick Henry was a new man, often referred to in the early years of his storied career as a “young man,” this in contrast to the older leaders of the Commonwealth that hailed from the first families of Virginia. When his rich, powerful rhetorical abilities carried him to fame during the Stamp Act Crisis in 1765, he was already famous, a brilliant speaker, but many of his elders considered him pretty much an upstart lawyer from Louisa County out in the Virginia heartland. His reputation and fame came from many court proceedings but largely as a result of a famous court case known as the Parson’s Cause.

 

John Cabot, Explorer II

Lead: In the spring of 1497, John Cabot, an Italian explorer in the service of King Henry VII of England, sailed west from Bristol, England to find a shorter route to the riches of China.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Cabot had tried to secure backing from the Spanish but Christopher Columbus was the dominant figure in exploration in the wake of his successful voyages to the Caribbean and the largely unknown Cabot had to turn to the English for financial support.

 

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John Cabot, Explorer I

Lead: Five years after Columbus’ epic voyage of discovery, another Italian sailed across the North Atlantic in search of a passage to China.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: John Cabot was probably born in Columbus’ hometown of Genoa at about the same time as his famous contemporary. He grew up in the Republic of Venice and by 1484 he had married and was engaged in the buying and selling of real estate. By the 1490s Cabot was a sailing master and had moved into commercial shipping of spices between the Middle East and Europe. It was a lucrative business. Spices, particularly pepper, cloves, and nutmeg, were household necessities in a pre-refrigeration era. One of their uses was to disguise the flavor of rotten meat.

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Convicts Arrive at Botany Bay I

Lead: The prisons of England were just too crowded: something had to be done.

Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: To solve the problem of a growing prison population in England, the government began in 1718 to deport or transport prisoners to the colonies in the American South. They were sold to shipping contractors who would sell them to plantation owners as workers on the coastal estates. This method of transportation ended with the coming of the American Revolution and the population of the prisons began to creep back up.

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Alaska’s Great Shock

Lead: Five years after it became the 49th state, Alaska experienced the shock of a lifetime.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: On March 27, 1964 at 5:36 in the afternoon, North America's greatest recorded earthquake shattered the towns of Anchorage, Valdez, and Kodiak, Alaska. Measuring between 8.3 and 8.6 on the Richter scale and lasting for three remarkable minutes, the Great Alaska Earthquake released twice as much energy as the earthquake that destroyed San Francisco in 1906. Hundreds of homes and structures were blown apart, and the town of Valdez was inundated by a huge tidal wave.