The Temple of Jerusalem was not only the focal point of the religious, social and political life of the ancient Israelites – it stood for the covenant between God and the chosen people, and, ultimately, between God and the entire creation.
Geoffrey Chaucer (1343–1400) was ahead of his time. Having visited Italy twice on diplomatic missions he modeled a significant number of his narratives on works by Dante, Boccaccio, and Petrarch, long before these writers were ‘discovered’ during the English Renaissance.
Last October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) produced a report on why we should endeavour to limit global warming to no more than 1.5°C. This briefly triggered media attention on the need to decarbonise transport and energy sectors leading to zero emissions by 2040.