The headlines were all about a historic handshake, after Prince Charles met the Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams on Tuesday. Add in the landmark speech he made the following day, and the headlines were not wrong. This really was the heir to the British throne shaking hands not only with history, but also with his own personal destiny.
Historical events linger across generations with sometimes lethal consequences but dispassionate revisionism with new insights, facts and reflections - good history in short - can scotch potent myths and consign running sores to the past, as has been the case with troubled Anglo-Irish relations, and could be for Kurdistan.
Admittedly, that is a slightly sensationalist statement, but let's look at the facts. Forget highly-charged diatribes about United Irelands or United Kingdoms. Forget histrionic republicanism, flag-waving unionism and arguments about terrorists and freedom fighters. Take bigotry, ideology, and romanticism out of it.