Category Archives: Historical Figures

Queen Victoria: What the History Books Leave Out About the Monarch of the Victorian Era

Her reputation greatly precedes her as the longest reigning female monarch in history, an esteemed leader of England, and the driving force behind the Victorian era, a period of style, sophistication, and innovation.  Hence is the legacy of Queen Victoria, … Continue reading

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King Arthur: Real or Mere Fantasy?

In the Hall of Fame of legendary figures, none compare to the great King Arthur.  This renowned character who pulled the sword, Excalibur, from the stone and became king, leading the Britains against the Saxon invaders in the 6th century, … Continue reading

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The Hard Knock Life

Known for refinement, elegance, and culture, the Renaissance era was a time of flourishing in many ways.  However, amidst all the revelry and class was the harsh reality of daily life.  While it may have been somewhat bearable for Renaissance … Continue reading

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Private Practice

In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of life, one cannot help but crave moments of silence and solitude to clear the mind and recharge.  For the average person, these times are occasional.  However, for a monk, this … Continue reading

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Sir Francis: Friend or Foe?

When it comes to great explorers, it is arguably true that Christopher Columbus gets the prize.  When it comes to great men on the sea, one of the famous pirate captain’s will most likely claim the trophy there.  But when … Continue reading

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Holding Out for a Hero

When it comes to helping the poor, one of the most influential figures to surface is the folk hero, Robin Hood.  Most commonly known for “robbing from the rich to give to the needy”, this skilled outlaw has certainly made … Continue reading

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A New Way to Be Human

With the emergence of Anne Rice novels, The Twilight Saga series, and television shows such as The Vampire Diaries and True Blood, it is undeniable that vampire fever has swept pop culture.  Everywhere you turn nowadays, it seems like the … Continue reading

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All Work and No Play Makes For a Very Long Day

If you think you have it rough getting up at 7:00 AM to start your work day, count your blessings!  Be glad that you were not a peasant during Medieval Times, whose work day could start as early as 3:00 … Continue reading

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I Am Woman! Watch Me Sail!

When considering famous pirates, there’s the infamous Captain Hook from Peter Pan, the dashing Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, and the cunning Captain Long John Silver from Treasure Island to name a few.  As you examine these … Continue reading

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All the Merry Men Love Maid Marian

As a child, this name conjured up an image of a doe-eyed little fox with a strangely-shaped veil-slash-hat that covered her rather prominent ears. While Maid Marian may or may not be a fictional character, she was probably not a … Continue reading

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