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The Treasure-Rooted Marriage Of Ketil Thorirsson And Arneid

A man named Ketil Thorirsson was an early settler of Iceland, who moved to the island in the 9th century. Ketil and his brother,...

King Childebert II Of Austrasia Had Three Fathers

Childebert II, born around 570, was the son of King Sigebert and Queen Brunhild. Their particular family was one branch of the large and...

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In 671, King Grimoald of the Lombards would have been just over 60 years of age, but despite his advancing years, the king was...

The Complicated Life Of Uni The Dane

According to folklore and oral history preserved in the Icelandic Book of Settlements (Landnámabók), an enigmatic figure named Uni lived a troubled life in...

The Legend Of Wooden Doves In Early Lombard Burial Grounds

As told by the Lombard historian, Paul the Deacon (c. 720-799), his Lombard ancestors had a funerary custom in which they set up post...

The Rocky Start To Hrafnkel Hrafnsson’s Settlement Of Iceland

A man named Hrafnkel Hrafnsson moved to Iceland around the early 10th century, landing on the eastern side of the island. According to the...

Columbus Before Isabella, by Jean-Paul Laurens (c. 1838–1921)

This painting, by the French artist Jean-Paul Laurens (c. 1838–1921), depicts the explorer, Christopher Columbus, in an audience with his patron, Queen Isabella (r....

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The Treasure-Rooted Marriage Of Ketil Thorirsson And Arneid

A man named Ketil Thorirsson was an early settler of Iceland, who moved to the island in the 9th century. Ketil and his brother,...

Danaë and Perseus on Seriphos, by Henry Fuseli (c. 1741–1825)

This painting, by the Swiss artist Henry Fuseli (c. 1741–1825), has been tentatively labeled by the Yale University Gallery of Art as Danaë and...

The Complicated Life Of Uni The Dane

According to folklore and oral history preserved in the Icelandic Book of Settlements (Landnámabók), an enigmatic figure named Uni lived a troubled life in...

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Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321) "Of gold and silver ye have made your god, Differing wherein from the idolater, But that he worships one, a hundred ye?" Dante Alighieri’s Divine...

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  Huo Qubing (c. 140-117 BCE) "The only thing that matters is how one's own strategies are going to work. There is no need to study...

Alcibiades Being Taught By Socrates, painted by Marcello Bacciarelli (c. 1731–1818)

Marcello Bacciarelli (c. 1731-1818), an Italian artist who relocated to Poland, painted this scene that features (on the left) the Athenian leader, Alcibiades, and...

The Delayed Arrival And Untimely Exit Of Count Stephen Of Blois From The First Crusade

Count Stephen of Blois and his personal band of warriors were some of the last troops to add their strength to the diverse army...

The Myths And Legends Behind Ireland’s Lack Of Snakes

(Left: Bede illustrated by James Doyle Penrose (1862-1932), center: Common snake depicted in the book of M. C. Cooke (Mordecai Cubitt), c. 1893, right:...
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Danaë and Perseus on Seriphos, by Henry Fuseli (c. 1741–1825)

This painting, by the Swiss artist Henry Fuseli (c. 1741–1825), has been tentatively labeled by the Yale University Gallery of Art as Danaë and...

The Poisoning Of Glauce And Creon, Painted By Jean-François de Troy (c. 1679 -1752)

This painting, by the French artist Jean-François de Troy (c. 1679 -1752), re-creates one of the murderous scenes from the catastrophic end of the...

Sophocles

Sophocles (c. 496-406/405 BCE) "Second thoughts make liars of us all." Sophocles, Antigone, approximately line 390, translated by Robert Fagles (Penguin Classics, 1982, 1984, 2018).

Tacitus

Tacitus (c. 56/57-117+) "Modern times are indeed happy as few others have been, for we can think as we please, and speak as we think" ...

An Ancient Battle Between Gallic Marauders And Greek Pirates Near Roman Territory

According to the historians of ancient Rome, a peculiar warband of Gallic warriors neared Roman territory around 350 BCE and pillaged in the Latin...

Lucan

Lucan (c. 39-65) "Why do the gods above toil to follow, and fear to spurn, magic chants and herbs? What pact of trade holds gods duty-bound? Is...

The Cross-Sea Journeys And Ill-Fated Wedding Of Jarl Hákon Eiriksson

Hákon Eiriksson was a Norwegian nobleman with ties to the Danish royal family. His father, Jarl Eirik Hakonarson, had aligned himself with King Sweyn...

The Tale Of Thórarin Loftunga And His Poetic “Head Ransom”

A man called Thórarin, nicknamed Loftunga (or Praise-Tongue), was an 11th-century Icelandic skald who offered his poetic services to the prominent Scandinavian kings of...

Joan of Arc’s Holy Banner

Of all the intriguing and interesting people of medieval Europe, Jeanne d’Arc (commonly known as Joan of Arc, c. 1412-1431) lived one of the...
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