History's MysteriesIs there a historical mystery that you'd like a solution to? For instance, I want to know who really killed those poor little princes in the Tower. Was it their uncle Richard III...

History's Mysteries

Is there a historical mystery that you'd like a solution to? For instance, I want to know who really killed those poor little princes in the Tower. Was it their uncle Richard III or was it new king Henry VII?

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jeff-hauge eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There should be a clear definition between an unanswered question of history and the study of misunderstood controversies in history. The actions of King Richard III in his betrayal of his brother are one thing. But the more interesting approach to the Kennedy Assassination is the study of how apocryphal "evidence" gets tagged and included in the collective public mindset of the people effected by this shocking tragedy.

The film JFK is now the de facto record of this event although it is much more of an amalgam and interpretation that is far from objective. That film was graphic and made new generations aware of the event, but not the facts.

The desire of the collective mind in dealing with shocking events is that reject the simplest form of truth and search for conspiracy and complication. Occam's Razor seems to apply universally except in situations like this. The Kennedy Assassination is viewed now like a parlor "Whodunnit" game.

The irony is that there is a law of diminishing returns on investigation. The longer one looks at something, the more the simple truth gets obscured. Just ask the O.J. Simpson Jury. Something that is shocking simply "must" have a far reaching and complex occult truth behind it.

enotechris eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In response to #8 - read Stonehenge Decoded, Gerald Hawkins, 1965, Doubleday.  He backs up his arguments and makes a pretty airtight case as to Stonehenge's use as an observatory, and in the process, answers how it was built and how the stones were transported.  Very interesting reading!  Stonehenge, Pyramids, and other ancient structures that have survived are now being studied under the discipline of Archaeoastronomy, as many of these were temples/observatories/calendars.


dbello eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are so many historical mysteries I'd like to see solved. As I sit here and try to decide upon which ones to post, I am going with the first thoughts that came to mind.

1. A final answer regarding the building of the Great Pyramids of Giza. Although many theories exist some more accepted than others, there is no definitive answer.

2. Was the lost city of Atlantis really the island of Santarini?

3. Was Jesus a married man?

lynn30k eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would like to know who Jack the Ripper really was--it has been debated since the time of the murders.

I'd like to know the fate of the Neanderthals...there are several interesting theories as to what happened to them.

I would like to know which of the things we think we KNOW in history are really not true.....the victors write the histories.

linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

And that's another puzzle. Why was the Catholic Church so afraid of science. Ok, I know a lot of you will answer that it was because science nullifies religion and proves it to be false. But I believe that science and religion can go hand in hand.

kwoo1213 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would like to know about Stonehenge's purpose, as well.  I would also like to know who Jack the Ripper was, as someone else mentioned.  I would like to know the answers to many questions for past kings, queens, presidents....too many to name!

linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with you. Did you realize that the Romans had indoor plumbing? How did those technologies get "lost"? Do you think it was because the church hierarchy was superstitious and afraid of anything that made the pagans seem more advanced?

morrol eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would love to know what Stonehenge was really used for.

I would also like to know the true origin of the Shroud of Turin.

Also, what happened to the Mayans? Why did they leave their cities?

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would love to know all of what you've already posted, and who killed Kennedy.  It's been a secret long enough!  :)

frizzyperm | Student

oops... I forgot about the Chinese... the Muslims, Hindus and Chinese were far ahead of us until the 18th C.

Then some British Engineers discovered some new techniques for smelting iron very precisely and whoooooooooooooooooosh... 200 years later we're walking on the moon and everybody else is trailing way behind.

frizzyperm | Student

The early Catholic Church wasn't afraid of learning and study. In fact, from the downfall of The Roman Empire it led the way in learning and study with its monastic libraries and scholars. They believed that knowledge would bring them closer to God. It was only when Copernicus rediscovered the fact that the Earth went round the Sun, thus proving we are not the centre of the universe, which implies that we are nothing special, that The Church started to fear the things that science might discover.

Unfortunately (for the church) science didn't take us closer to God, instead in gradually made God less and less necessary to explain "Life,the universe and everything". But there was a time when the Church was the leading player in the search for knowledge (in the Christian world at least, the Muslims and Hindus were far ahead of us until the 18thC)

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