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Leucothea—A Mortal Greek Woman Of Myth Said To Have Become A Goddess

  Among the exclusive club of Greek deities that could claim to have originally been mortal humans was an interesting immortal named Leucothea the White...

Lu Wan—A Childhood Friend Of Emperor Gaozu Who Abandoned The Han Dynasty And Became A Nomadic Ruler

  Lu Wan hailed from the village of Feng, in the region of Peixian (modern Jiangsu province), near the eastern end of central China. Lu...

The Other Side Of The Roman Scholar, Suetonius

  Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, better known simply as Suetonius, was born around the year 70 to a family of the equestrian order—a Roman equivalent of...

The Legend Of Duke Wechtari’s Bold Bald Charge

Wechtari was a nobleman from Vicenza who was a trusted figure in the entourage of King Grimoald of the Lombards (r. 662-671). Little is...

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...

Bishop Denewlf—From The Pigpen To The Pulpit

  Denewlf was a contemporary of King Alfred the Great of Wessex (r. 879-899) and lived in an undisclosed forested region of Alfred’s kingdom. Although...

The Action-Packed Life Of Japan’s Greatest Duelist, Miyamoto Musashi

  (Miyamoto Musashi fighting Tsukahara Bokuden, painted by Yoshitoshi  (1839–1892), via Creative Commons) Birth of a Legend Around 1584, a boy was born into the...

In The 16th Century, A Self-Proclaimed Prophet Named Melchior Hoffman Thought The World Would End In 1533

(Print of Melchior Hoffman c 1600, via Creative Commons)   Melchior Hoffman (1495-1543) was a German fur trader who spent his time being a missionary...

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

(Portrait of Martin Luther as an Augustinian Monk, from the Workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553) , via Creative Commons) On Halloween day,...

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The Curious Tale Of Charlemagne’s Son, Pippin the Hunchback

Prior to marrying his first wife, Desiderata, in the year 770, Charlemagne was known to have been in a relationship with a concubine known...

The Legend Of Duke Wechtari’s Bold Bald Charge

Wechtari was a nobleman from Vicenza who was a trusted figure in the entourage of King Grimoald of the Lombards (r. 662-671). Little is...

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...

Bishop Denewlf—From The Pigpen To The Pulpit

  Denewlf was a contemporary of King Alfred the Great of Wessex (r. 879-899) and lived in an undisclosed forested region of Alfred’s kingdom. Although...

The Daring Life of The Ancient Chinese Vigilante, Guo Xie

  Guo Xie was a contemporary of Grand Historian Sima Qian (c. 145-90 BCE), and they both lived during the reign of Emperor Wu (r....

The Promising Life And Bizarre Death Of King Edmund I Of England

  Edmund I was the half-brother and successor of King Æthelstan (r. 925-939). It was a tough act to follow, as Æthelstan was the first...

The Wild Tale Of Asiaticus

  The Vitellii were a family of vague origins that had risen to a position of prominence by the 1st century. Whether the Vitellii were...

The Tragic Tale Of Puncker—A Masterful Archer From 15th-Century Germany

  In the 15th century, there supposedly lived a man named Puncker (or Punker), who was renowned as a showman and a warrior in the...

Leucothea—A Mortal Greek Woman Of Myth Said To Have Become A Goddess

  Among the exclusive club of Greek deities that could claim to have originally been mortal humans was an interesting immortal named Leucothea the White...

Lu Wan—A Childhood Friend Of Emperor Gaozu Who Abandoned The Han Dynasty And Became A Nomadic Ruler

  Lu Wan hailed from the village of Feng, in the region of Peixian (modern Jiangsu province), near the eastern end of central China. Lu...
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