There are events in the past – a few days, hours, or minutes even – which determine the course of history for centuries to come. Admittedly, this statement could be considered tired and hackneyed, as many are all too familiar with the various sayings concerning time. 'If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday'; the famous proclamation opens a window about the dynamics of past events and exposes to us an appreciation for just how fateful seemingly arbitrary moments in history can be. More often than not, the study of history is undertaken with injustice, as it is viewed in isolation from our present realities and few can appreciate the way historical moments fit into the patterned nature of creation. This is the difference, perhaps, between the academic Historian and the 'those of understanding'.