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Royal Family

Ivan The Terrible (And Why He Wasn't That Terrible)

April 22, 2021

The Czar Ivan the Terrible, 1590, (1903). Artist Hans Wengel. (Print Collector/Getty Images) As one of Russia's most notorious rulers, Ivan the Terrible has long bee...

A History Of Tavern Names And Their Clever Wordplay

March 18, 2021

The White Hart, the Pig N' Whistle, Ye Old Fighting Cocks: Whether it's the liquid courage or the desire to stand out from the crowd, it seems that pub owners have ...

Hatshepsut: The Woman Who Became An Ancient Egyptian Ph...

December 12, 2020

Seated Statue of Hatshepsut, circa 1479–1458 B.C.E. (Metropolitan Museum of Art/Wikimedia Commons) Cleopatra may have the name recognition when it comes to fa...

Cleopatra: Things You Didn't Know About The Last Ruler ...

October 16, 2020

Most likely a posthumously painted portrait of Cleopatra with red hair and her distinct facial features, wearing a royal diadem and pearl-studded hairpins, fro...

Princess Diana's Death: How It Happened, Conspiracy The...

August 31, 2020

Diana's coffin, draped in the royal standard with an ermine border, borne through the streets of London on its way to Westminster Abbey. (Paddy Briggs/Wikimedia...

Queen Elizabeth II: Things You Didn't Know About Her Ma...

April 21, 2020

On this day 94 years ago, the longest reigning monarch in British history was born. Although no one could have known it when she slid into the world on April...

Why The Past Smelled Absolutely Horrible

March 19, 2020

It's time to face facts: People are disgusting. It's not that you're a lazy or unhygienic person, it's just that the human body is a cesspool and there's nothing to be done about i...

The Medici Family: Stories Of The Most Important Family...

February 17, 2020

Lorenzo the Magnificent (1585-1644) with the major artists of the time, in a 1635 fresco by Ottavio Vannini. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images) Before the Roc...

Mary Queen of Scots: Stories, Trivia, And A Botched Beh...

February 8, 2020

When King James V of Scotland died at the ripe age of 30 (hey, it was ripe for medieval times), his kingdom was in a bit of a pickle. His only surviving legi...

Queen Elizabeth And Prince Philip: Their Adorable, Quir...

November 20, 2019

In America, our most adored and adulated couples don't tend to stand the test of time. From Liz and Dick to "Brangelina," the watchful eye of the public has ...