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The Impressive Reign Of Zhao Tuo, Emperor Of Southern Yue

  The collapse of the Qin Dynasty between 209 and 206 BCE was a time of remarkable social mobility. Governors, minor officials, and even bandits...

The Destructive Trek Of The ‘Ten Thousand’ Mercenaries Along The Black Sea Coast

  In late 401 BCE, an army of over 10,000 Greek hoplite mercenaries fought on the side of the rebel, Cyrus the Younger, against King...

The Remarkable Tale Of The Generous Shepherd, Bu Shi

  Bu Shi was said to have been a man from Henan who lived during the 2nd and 1st century BCE, coming to prominence during...

The Vibenna Brothers And Macstrna—Possibly Forgotten Tyrants (Or Kings) Of Ancient Rome

  According to the traditional story laid down by Livy and other ancient Roman historians, there were only seven kings who ruled Rome during the...

The Tale Of Thor Turning A Suitor Of His Daughter Into Stone

A curious tale about the Norse god, Thor, can be found in a poem called Alvissmal, or All-Wise’s Sayings, which was preserved along with...

Saint Olaf And The Story Of His Godly Showdown With Guthbrand Of The Dales

Saint Olaf, otherwise known as King Olaf II of Norway (r. 1015-1028), gained his saintly title by waging a campaign of forced conversions in...

King Guntram’s Awkward Trip To See His Nephew’s Baptism In Paris

By mid-year in 585, King Guntram was the undisputed senior member of the Frankish Merovingian Dynasty in France and he was able to bring...

The Life Of Relentless King Hrœrek

King Hrœrek was a powerful chieftain or petty king in Hedmark, Norway, who was at his political height in the early 11th century. He...

Bernal Díaz’s Graphic Account Of The Human Sacrifice Of His Friends

Bernal Díaz del Castillo was an experienced conquistador who served on several Spanish voyages around Yucatan and Mexico, including the expedition of Hernan Cortes...

Hernán Cortés’ Bloody Sack Of Cholula

  In 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived in Mexico, leading a band of Spaniards into a precarious political environment that was dominated by the Aztec Empire....

Norton I—Emperor Of The United States And Protector Of Mexico

  In 1819, Joshua Abraham Norton was born to a family of merchants somewhere in Britain. While Norton was still young, his family moved to...

The Tale of Gonzalo Guerrero, The Conquistador Adopted Into Mayan Society

  In March 1517, the expedition of Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba reached the native Yucatan town of Campeche. What happened there was a surreal experience...

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The Tale Of Thor Turning A Suitor Of His Daughter Into Stone

A curious tale about the Norse god, Thor, can be found in a poem called Alvissmal, or All-Wise’s Sayings, which was preserved along with...

Bernal Díaz’s Graphic Account Of The Human Sacrifice Of His Friends

Bernal Díaz del Castillo was an experienced conquistador who served on several Spanish voyages around Yucatan and Mexico, including the expedition of Hernan Cortes...

Saint Olaf And The Story Of His Godly Showdown With Guthbrand Of The Dales

Saint Olaf, otherwise known as King Olaf II of Norway (r. 1015-1028), gained his saintly title by waging a campaign of forced conversions in...

King Guntram’s Awkward Trip To See His Nephew’s Baptism In Paris

By mid-year in 585, King Guntram was the undisputed senior member of the Frankish Merovingian Dynasty in France and he was able to bring...

The Life Of Relentless King Hrœrek

King Hrœrek was a powerful chieftain or petty king in Hedmark, Norway, who was at his political height in the early 11th century. He...

Tales About The Childhood Of King Harald Hardrada

  Harald Sigurdsson was the half-brother of King Olaf II of Norway (r. 1015-1028). The half-brothers shared the same mother, Ásta, and she curiously gave...

The Life Of Twice-Dead Saint Salvius

  Salivius was a holy man who operated around Albi, in southern France, during the 6th century, a time when France was controlled by several...

How To Cure Lovesickness, According To The Malleus Maleficarum

  In general, the Malleus Maleficarum (a 15th-century witch-hunting manual) is a horrible source for relationship advice. In fact, its passages can often be horribly sexist. For...

The Impressive Reign Of Zhao Tuo, Emperor Of Southern Yue

  The collapse of the Qin Dynasty between 209 and 206 BCE was a time of remarkable social mobility. Governors, minor officials, and even bandits...

The Not-So-Subtle Way Earl Ælfgar Escaped Outlawry And Banishment

  Ælfgar (also known as Algar) was the formidable son of Earl Leofric of Mercia and Godgifu. Of a like mind with the formidable House...
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