Sunday, February 5, 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 Myth Of Lycurgus’ Brief Victory Over Dionysus

Dionysus (also spelled Dionysos) was an ancient Greek earth deity with a specialty for vegetation, wine, festivities and madness. As portrayed in his myths,...

Sacrifice Of Iphigenia, By An Unknown 18th-Century Artist

This painting, by an unidentified 18th-century artist, re-creates a myth from an early part of the Trojan War saga. In terms of chronology, the...

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...

Let’s Find History In Skyrim: Episode 2, Witchcraft, Wizardry and History

In this episode, we investigate a woman in Skyrim who has been accused of witchcraft by a local town. From there, we check out...

Antigone Kneeling Next To The Body Of Her Brother Polynices, Painted By Joseph Abel (c. 1764—1818)

This painting, by the Austrian artist Joseph Abel (c. 1764-1818), depicts a pivotal scene from the life of the mythical Theban princess, Antigone....

Svipdag (from Hrolf’s Saga)

  Svipdag (legendary Swedish warrior who supposedly lived around the 6th century) "Men must try, if they are to advance. Without effort, no one learns which...

Sun Tzu

  Sun Tzu (sayings recorded between the 6th and 3rd centuries BCE) " In War, Numbers Are not the issue. It is a question of Not attacking Too agressively. Concentrate your strength, Assess...

Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great (356 - 323 BCE) "What good is it if I own lots of things but accomplish nothing?" Quote attributed to Alexander the...
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Euripides

Euripides (c. 485-406 BCE) "O mankind, how much you miss your aim and come to nothing! Why do you teach countless skills? There is nothing...

Sacrifice Of Iphigenia, By An Unknown 18th-Century Artist

This painting, by an unidentified 18th-century artist, re-creates a myth from an early part of the Trojan War saga. In terms of chronology, the...

Sophocles

Sophocles (c. 496-406/405 BCE) "It isn't good for men with a decent cause to beg too long, or a man to receive help, then fail to treat...

The Tale Of The Road Rage Treason Trial Of Publius Claudius Pulcher’s Sister

Around 249 BCE, a man named Publius Claudius Pulcher (not to be confused with the much later Publius Clodius Pulcher associated with Julius Caesar)...

Death of Britannicus, by Pieter Tanjé (1706-1761), after Louis Fabritius Dubourg (c. 1693 – 1775)

This artwork, made by the Dutch artist Pieter Tanjé (1706-1761) after a design by the fellow Dutchman Louis Fabritius Dubourg (c. 1693 - 1775),...

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...

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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