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Avalon in America?

By Steven Sora

In the late sixteenth century Queen Elizabeth had watched as Spain and Portugal, the Netherlands and France estab­lished themselves in the New World. They all made legitimate claims to the Americas that England could not match. Then she consulted her advisor, Dr. John Dee. Dee and his ally Sir Francis Bacon told her that England had claims much older than all of Europe, indeed, said Dee, King Arthur himself had crossed the Atlantic and set foot in the new land. Dr. Dee was Elizabeth’s advisor,…

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Shakespeare and the Burmuda Triangle

BY STEVEN SORA

The survivors of a wrecked craft find themselves on an impossibly remote island. They salvage what they can from the craft and make camp on the beach. On this island, compasses don’t work, strange lights appear and disappear, boars crush through the forest. At least one man would find the new island the clean slate he so badly needed. Most would later regret leaving the island. Sound familiar? Actually, this is not the crash of Oceanic 815 (from the popular ABC series Lost). It is…

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The Holy Grail

by Frank Joseph

About 800 years ago, a French poet told of the Grail for the first time. Chretien de Troyes described it as a shining ob­ject and the world’s most precious treasure. “No gem can compare to the Grail,” he wrote. Later, Wolfram von Eschenbach declared that the Grail was a huge emerald owned by a brotherhood of pure-hearted knights, who kept it under guard in a mountain castle. According to the German writer, anyone allowed to approach the Grail when it began to glow received great…

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Romans in America?

By Frank Joseph

Although mainstream archaeologists dismiss any suggestion of overseas’ visitors to America from the Old World be­fore Christopher Columbus, they were hard put to explain away the discovery this year alone of no less than nineteen ancient Roman coins at two separate locations in Kentucky. Almost immediately after the first modern Europeans arrived on the shores of our continent, they began picking up such anomalous loose change from newly plowed farmers’ fields or near river banks. According to U.S. archaeolo­gist, Gunnar Thompson, Ph.D., in his encyclopedic…

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