Saturday, January 28, 2023

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 Tale About Duke Guntram Boso Looting The Grave Of His Wife’s Relative

Duke Guntram Boso was a prominent nobleman operating in the Frankish Empire during the second half of the 6th century. He entered the Frankish...

Olaf Tryggvason Jumps Overboard During The Battle of Svolder, by Lorenz Frølich (c. 1820 – 1908)

This drawing, by the Danish artist Lorenz Frølich (c. 1820 – 1908), depicts the demise of the Norwegian king, Olaf I Tryggvason (r. 995-1000)....

Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio (c. 1313-1375) "It is my conviction that no mortal being who is without experience of love can ever lay claim to true excellence." ...

The Chaotic March Of Walter The Penniless And Peter The Hermit Through Hungary And Bulgaria During The People’s Crusade

Walter the Penniless was a leader of a band of crusaders who intended to take part in the so-called People’s Crusade, sparked by the...

The Tale Of Emperor Heraclius’ Miraculous God-Man Image

Emperor Heraclius became the ruler of Constantinople and its empire after overthrowing his predecessor, Emperor Phokas (r. 602-610). By taking the throne, Heraclius inherited...

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The Ancient Tale Of Gello, The Supernatural Baby-Snatcher

As told in the folklore and mythology of ancient Greece, there existed a malevolent supernatural entity called Gello, known to target young children and...

A Vestal, Painted By Carle van Loo (c. 1705 – 1765)

This painting, by the French artist Carle van Loo (c. 1705 – 1765), strives to re-create a member of the ancient Roman religious order...

Ten Folkloric Or Legendary Peoples Named After Their Favorite Foods By The Ancient Greeks

In many languages worldwide, the words used to designate peoples and settlements can often be quite literal. Warriors fight in wars; buccaneers were named...

Odin (from Hávamál)

  Odin (from Hávamal) "The mind alone knows what lies near the heart, he is alone with his spirit; no sickness is worse for the sensible man than to find...

The Amusing Stalking Horse Method Of Hunting

(Gaston Phoebus, “Livre de Chasse” (1387), via Creative Commons)   Hunters will often do odd things to approach their prey—they dress up like foliage, imitate...

Botello—The Sorcerer-Conquistador Of Hernán Cortés

  Among the diverse band of mercenaries, sailors, and seekers of adventure in Cuba that signed up for Hernán Cortés’ expedition into Mexico was a...

The Deadly Tale Of A Snake Charmer In Salzburg

Within the peculiar pages of The Malleus Maleficarum, published around 1487 by the inquisitors Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger, an odd tale about a...

Confucius

  Confucius (c. 6th-5th century BCE) "The knight of the Way who thinks only of sitting quietly at home is not worthy to be called a...
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Sappho

Sappho (said to have flourished in the late 7th and early 6th centuries BCE) "'She who shuns love soon will pursue it, She who scorns gifts will...

Aristotle

Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE) "It is impossible for the whole to be happy, unless the majority, if not actually all, or at any rate some,...

Ten Folkloric Or Legendary Peoples Named After Their Favorite Foods By The Ancient Greeks

In many languages worldwide, the words used to designate peoples and settlements can often be quite literal. Warriors fight in wars; buccaneers were named...

Anthony Leading Cleopatra On board, By Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (c. 1696 – 1770)

This painting, by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (c. 1696–1770), strives to re-create (albeit with some historically inaccurate wardrobe choices) an early encounter...

A Vestal, Painted By Carle van Loo (c. 1705 – 1765)

This painting, by the French artist Carle van Loo (c. 1705 – 1765), strives to re-create a member of the ancient Roman religious order...

The Dying Messalina And Her Mother, Painted By Nicolai Abildgaard (c. 1743 – 1809)

This painting, by the Danish artist Nicolai Abildgaard (c. 1743 – 1809), was inspired by the historical death of Messalina, a wife of Emperor...

The Ironic Campaign By Viking-King Olaf II Against Domestic Viking Activity In Norway

In the Viking Age, Nordic noblemen and chieftains who were able to take time away from their homelands discovered that they could accumulate great...

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (c. 1564 – 1616) "It is not enough to speak, but to speak true." From William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act...

The Brotherly Drama Between Finn And Kalf Arnason At The Battle Of Stiklestad

In 1028, King Olaf II of Norway was forced to flee from his kingdom due to a brilliant campaign of diplomacy and military pressure...
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Olaf Tryggvason Jumps Overboard During The Battle of Svolder, by Lorenz Frølich (c. 1820 – 1908)

This drawing, by the Danish artist Lorenz Frølich (c. 1820 – 1908), depicts the demise of the Norwegian king, Olaf I Tryggvason (r. 995-1000)....

Aristotle

Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE) "It is impossible for the whole to be happy, unless the majority, if not actually all, or at any rate some,...

Ten Folkloric Or Legendary Peoples Named After Their Favorite Foods By The Ancient Greeks

In many languages worldwide, the words used to designate peoples and settlements can often be quite literal. Warriors fight in wars; buccaneers were named...

The Dying Messalina And Her Mother, Painted By Nicolai Abildgaard (c. 1743 – 1809)

This painting, by the Danish artist Nicolai Abildgaard (c. 1743 – 1809), was inspired by the historical death of Messalina, a wife of Emperor...

Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio (c. 1313-1375) "It is my conviction that no mortal being who is without experience of love can ever lay claim to true excellence." ...

The Disappearance Of Robustus

A man named Robustus was a prominent member of the Roman equites social class, commonly translated as the knight class, second in prominence only...

Moses, By Hans Canon (c. 1829 – 1885)

This portrait, painted by the Austrian artist Hans Canon (c. 1829 - 1885) depicts Moses—the lawgiver of the Abrahamic religions. Featured in this painting...

Mark Twain

Mark Twain (c. 1835-1910) "A statesman gains little by the arbitrary exercise of ironclad authority upon all occasions that offer, for this wounds the just...

The Chaotic March Of Walter The Penniless And Peter The Hermit Through Hungary And Bulgaria During The People’s Crusade

Walter the Penniless was a leader of a band of crusaders who intended to take part in the so-called People’s Crusade, sparked by the...

Democritus in Meditation, By Salvator Rosa (c. 1615-1673)

This painting, by the Italian artist Salvator Rosa (c. 1615-1673), depicts a scene of the usually cheerful philosopher, Democritus (c. 460-370 BCE), departing from...

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