Thursday, January 21, 2021

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...

King William Rufus’ Constructive Strategy Against Earl Robert Of Northumberland

Robert de Mowbray became the Earl of Northumberland shortly before the death of William the Conqueror in 1087. After the death of the conqueror,...

Joan Of Arc, Painted By Jules Bastien-Lepage (c. 1848–1884)

This painting, by the French artist Jules Bastien-Lepage (c. 1848–1884), depicts a scene of the teenage Jeanne d’Arc (or Joan of Arc, c. 1412-1431)....

Bishop Gregory Of Tours Vs. The Tax Collectors Of King Childebert II

Due to the presence of the tomb of Saint Martin (d. 397) in the city of Tours, the region was considered a holy site...

Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321) "Your renown Is as the herb, whose hue doth come and go; And his might withers it, by whom it sprang Crude from the...

The Legend Of Duke Ariulf’s Guardian Saint

Duke Ariulf ruled the dukedom of Spoleto for just over a decade at the turn of the 6th and 7th centuries. He was the...

Chief Joseph

Chief Joseph (Nez Percé/Nimiipuu leader, c. 1840-1904) "I do not believe that the Great Spirit Chief gave one kind of men the right to tell another...

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Orpheus Playing for the Animals, By Gillis Claesz d’Hondecoeter (c. 1575/1580-1638)

This painting, by the Dutch artist Gillis Claesz d'Hondecoeter (c. 1575/1580-1638) was inspired by the myths and folktales of Orpheus—a legendary muse-born poet, musician...

The Metamorphosis of Syrinx, Anonymously Drawn C. 16th Century

This artwork, drawn anonymously with ink and chalk in the 16th century, depicts the myth of the satyr-god, Pan, and an unfortunate naiad nymph...

The Legend Of Tusculum’s Peaceful Gamble To Avoid Punishment From Rome

In the aftermath of the Gallic sack of Rome, dated between 390-386 BCE, the Romans had to reassert their power in Italy. Enemies needed...

Sima Qian

  Sima Qian (c. 145-90 BCE) "Those who attempt to vent their anger on innocent persons can never hope to live for long." Records of the Grand...

The Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita (c. 2nd century BCE-2nd century CE) "One who would hear without sneering, full of trust, would be freed, and would reach those happy worlds where actions are pure." ...

The Gospel of Truth (from the Nag Hammadi Library)

  The Gospel of Truth (Gnostic Christian text written before the year 180 and rediscovered in the Nag Hammadi Library in 1945) "In time Unity will...

The Bizarre Way The Norwegian Earl Sigurd Of Orkney Supposedly Died

  History about the Scandinavian settlement of British islands, such as the Shetland Islands, the Orkney Islands and the Hebrides, is dubious at best, even...

The Bizarre Frankish Occupation Of Carcassonne

Around 586, King Guntram of Burgundy (r. 561-593), patriarch of the Merovingian Dynasty that ruled over the Frankish empire, unleashed the military might of...
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The Metamorphosis of Syrinx, Anonymously Drawn C. 16th Century

This artwork, drawn anonymously with ink and chalk in the 16th century, depicts the myth of the satyr-god, Pan, and an unfortunate naiad nymph...

Killer Of Darius Before Alexander, Painted Anonymously (c. 17th century)

This painting, created in the late 17th-century by an unknown artist, depicts Alexander the Great of Macedonia (r. 336-322 BCE) in front of a...

Apollo Flaying Marsyas, By Girolamo Troppa (c. 1637-1733)

This curious painting, created by the Italian artist Girolamo Troppa (c. 1637-1733), displays a scene from a horrific myth. On the right side, the...

The Metamorphosis of Syrinx, Anonymously Drawn C. 16th Century

This artwork, drawn anonymously with ink and chalk in the 16th century, depicts the myth of the satyr-god, Pan, and an unfortunate naiad nymph...

The Legend Of Tusculum’s Peaceful Gamble To Avoid Punishment From Rome

In the aftermath of the Gallic sack of Rome, dated between 390-386 BCE, the Romans had to reassert their power in Italy. Enemies needed...

Vertumnus And Pomona, By Jan Tengnagel (c. 1584-1635)

This painting, by the Dutch artist Jan Tengnagel (c. 1584-1635), depicts a myth about the god Vertumnus and the goddess Pomona. In the scene...

The Dramatic Demise Of William II d’Eu

Count William II d’Eu was a nobleman in the realm of King William II Rufus of England (r. 1087-1100). He came under suspicion in...

The Ill-Timed Wars of Malcolm III Of Scotland Against King William II of England

When William the Conqueror died in 1087, his dominion was divided between two sons. The Norman homeland of Normandy was left to Robert II,...

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (c. 1667-1745) "I dare engage, these creatures have their titles and distinctions of honour; they contrive little nests and burrows, that they call...
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The Ill-Timed Wars of Malcolm III Of Scotland Against King William II of England

When William the Conqueror died in 1087, his dominion was divided between two sons. The Norman homeland of Normandy was left to Robert II,...

Vertumnus Or Bacchus, By Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (c. 1610-1662)

This painting, by the Italian artist Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (c. 1610-1662), depicts a Greco-Roman god of vegetation. The figure can be identified either as...

Faroald I, The First Lombard Duke Of Spoleto

Faroald was a nobleman of the Lombard people who followed King Alboin into Italy in 568, seizing a large portion of the Italian peninsula...

Chiromancer, Painted By Pietro della Vecchia (c. 1602-1678)

This painting, by the Italian artist Pietro della Vecchia (c. 1602-1678), depicts a practitioner of chiromancy, a form of divination also known as cheiromancy,...

Chief Joseph

Chief Joseph (Nez Percé/Nimiipuu leader, c. 1840-1904) "I do not believe that the Great Spirit Chief gave one kind of men the right to tell another...

The Tale Of A Dragon Sighting In 6th-Century Rome

In 589 and 590, the city of Rome was faced by successive natural disasters. An interesting folkloric tale soon spread in the region to...

Helen Brought To Paris, Painted By Benjamin West (c. 1738-1820)

This scene of ancient Greek myth and folklore was painted by Benjamin West (c. 1738–1820), an artist who was born and raised in Britain’s...

The Tale Of Ghino di Tacco—A Robber And Murderer Allegedly Rewarded By A Pope

Ghino di Tacco was a lawless nobleman of Siena who flourished in the late 13th century. His intriguing life might have been forgotten if...

Saint Sigismund Of Burgundy, Painted By Jan Jiří Heinsch (c. 1647-1712)

This painting, by the Czech artist Jan Jiří Heinsch (1647-1712), purports to depict King Sigismund of Burgundy (r. 516-523). Although curiously labeled a saint,...

Sunshu Ao (recorded by Sima Qian)

Sunshu Ao (7th-6th century BCE) "If orders are issued too frequently to the people they will not know which ones to obey." A saying attributed...

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