From the preface to John Abbott’s History of Henry the Fourth (1856):
“History is our Heaven- appointed instructor. It is the guide for the future. The calamities of yesterday are the protectors of today.
“The sea of time we navigate is full of perils. But it is not an unknown sea. It has been traversed for ages, and there is not a sunken rock or a treacherous sand- bar which is not marked by the wreck of those who have preceded us.
“There is no portion of history fraught with more valuable instruction than the period of those terrible religious wars which desolated the sixteenth century. There is no romance so wild as the veritable history of those times. The majestic outgoings of the Almighty, as developed in the onward progress of our race, infinitely transcend, in all the elements of profoundness, mystery, and grandeur, all that man’s fancy can create.
“The cartoons of Raphael are beautiful, but what are they when compared with the heaving ocean, the clouds of sunset, and the pinnacles of the Alps? The dome of St. Peter’s is man’s noblest architecture, but what is it when compared with the magnificent rotunda of the skies?”
And that is why history, studied from the framework of the biblical worldview, is one of the three core subjects of the classical curriculum.