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Startling Saints—The Adventures of Saint Germanus of Auxerre

Saint Germanus (or Germain) of Auxerre lived in one of the most chaotic times in Roman history, under the reigns of some of the...

The Three-Month Reign of The Roman Emperor Pertinax

On December 31, 192, Emperor Commodus (r. 180-192) was strangled to death while he was bathing. The assassination freed the Roman Empire from Commodus’...

Sun Tzu and the Art of War

(Soldiers from the Ming Dynasty Departure Herald, from the Jiajing reign period in China (1522-1566), via Creative Commons) A Violent Golden Age The centuries spanning...

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...

The Frankish Scholar, Einhard, Saved The Genre Of Secular Biographies

  Even though biographies of secular figures, such as state leaders, had been a common genre of texts in the classical period, the practice had...

Einhard

  Einhard (c. 770-840) "I do not doubt that there are many people, devoted to contemplation and learning, who think that the circumstances of the present...

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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  Even though biographies of secular figures, such as state leaders, had been a common genre of texts in the classical period, the practice had...

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  Henry IV (c. 1050-1106), an emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, lived quite an extraordinarily chaotic life in the Middle Ages. Although he was...

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On December 31, 192, Emperor Commodus (r. 180-192) was strangled to death while he was bathing. The assassination freed the Roman Empire from Commodus’...
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