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The Bloody Elizabeth Báthory

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Forget Twilight. Forget True Blood and the Vampire Diaries. You can even disregard Nosferatu and the Hammer classics. Hungarian noblewoman, Elizabeth Báthory was one crazy, blood-loving gal. Allow me to set the scene…As with many a zany…

Night at the Museum

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I’m a Classicist; a lover of all things Greek and Roman. And I’m also a hypocrite. I’ve spent my entire life (well, from the age of about 16 or-so) whining about the British Museum’s hoarding…

Hameau de la Reine: A Queens Playground

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It’s pretty clear that Marie Antoinette was rather indulged, bless her soul. Her dresses were crafted by the mother of Haute Couture, Rose Bertin. Her hair was personally dressed by prolific hairdresser of the day,…

Horses Not Courses

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It’s hard to imagine that the creatures you see galloping gaily around a muddy field once stood only fourteen inches high and weighed twelve pounds. It would probably have been much been easier to mince…

How To Have Sex Like Socrates

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In tribute to the self described historical detective, Vicki Leon, here are ten ways the ancient Greeks flaunted their sexuality (taken from her new release ‘The Joy of Sexus: Lust, Love & Longing in the…

Anastasia: The Great Imposter

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Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (June 18 1901 – July 17, 1918) was the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia,  the last sovereign of Imperial Russia. She had three older sisters’ named Olga, Tatiana and…