Saturday Jan 14, 2016
The Great Movement
Local author interprets man's history in new book
M Mcdonald, B.Sc (U of Alberta) M.Sc.A. (McGill University) Author/Voice file photo
Myrtle Macdonald, community activist (r), at a Chilliwack rally for in 2014.
yrtle Ida Schneider Macdonald, having all her life had a keen interest in history, realized that there were and are many important aspects omitted, or barely mentioned by all historians, whether Roman Catholic, Protestant or Secular, throughout the ages.
She set out to fill in these gaps in one volume, succinctly, concisely and documented accurately. She was determined to correlate events happening simultaneously in every part of Europe and America. See more about the author in front pages iv - vi. Her maternal ancestors were from Great Moravia-Bohemia. Her paternal ancestors were from Allsace-Black Forest, west of the Rhine and in proto and prehistory from Asia.
Here is significant history overlooked. The granddaughter of Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslas” of Bohemia/Moravia married Richard II of England. Her courtiers studying at Oxford University, became protestant through John Wycliffe who translated the Bible. Through them the Chancellor of Charles University, Jon Hus believed, preached to thousands who eagerly sang hymns that he and others composed.
In 1415 he was martyred. In 1457 the pacifist protestant Unitas Fratrum (United Brethren; Moravian church) was inaugurated and has had ongoing worldwide influence. Her great uncle brought 4 shiploads of Moravians to Edmonton in 1894.
Few historians mention that Huguenots (French Protestants) were major world explorers, shipbuilders, artisans, silk producers and manufacturers of bells. Because of the Inquisition (ethnic cleansing) they sought refuge in and developed many countries. Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain kept out the Jesuits.
The history of Muslims is included in detail. Their thorough knowledge of Greek Classics was expanded especially in Spain, stimulating the Renaissance.
The author took a keen interest in searching for and recording trends in the classics, science, architecture, art and music so as to help professors, teachers and their students, and the general public, gain a fuller appreciation of the implications of events and life styles of many cultures. There is much about the skills of indigenous peoples in Europe and America.
Dates are kept at the left on every page, as a visual aid to enable the reader to inter-relate events happening in other places at the same time, concurrently. The many cross- references help with continuity of correlation. The Table of Contents includes meaningful details. There is a Bibliography of 172 books and articles. Appendix B provides a complete list of maps. Appendix A, Index and Catalog of Events, is almost a book in itself. Items are arranged alphabetically, but under them the lists are chronological. Thus more than three millenniums of surprising, inspiring history are included.
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