Inside Matelotage, The Same-Sex Partnerships Between Colonial-Era Pirates
During the Golden Age of Piracy, some buccaneers engaged in matelotage, a form of civil union. Sometimes these arrangements were purely financial — but often they were affectionate, romantic, or sexual.
‘Every Woman’s Man And Every Man’s Woman’: Inside The Sex Rumors Surrounding Julius Caesar
As a powerful man in ancient Rome, Julius Caesar probably had sex with both men and women, but it was his taste in partners that threatened to ruin his reputation.
Meet Hasekura Tsunenaga, The 17th-Century Samurai Who Traveled The World And Became A Roman Aristocrat
In 1613, Hasekura Tsunenaga set out from Japan on an expedition that would take him to California, Mexico, and most of Europe.
How Justine Johnstone Went From Silent Movie Starlet To Groundbreaking Scientist
Broadway and silent movie star Justine Johnstone got tired of the shallow roles she was offered, so she set her sights on medicine instead.
Inside Shark Island, Germany’s First Concentration Camp — Used Decades Before The Holocaust
From 1904 to 1908, more than 80 percent of Namibia’s Herero people and 50 percent of its Nama people were killed by German forces in a genocide carried out in concentration camps like the one on Shark Island.
From Hollywood Starlet To Cloistered Nun: The Conversion Of Dolores Hart
Dolores Hart was compared to Grace Kelly and starred opposite Elvis Presley, but she gave up fame at just 24 to live a monastic life as a nun, renouncing all earthly pleasures.
The Secret Life Of Roald Dahl: From Fighter Pilot To Spy To Renowned Children’s Author
Before he wrote “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Roald Dahl spent his 20s flying fighter jets and spying on the Roosevelts during World War II.
How Adolf Dassler’s Nazi-Era Sneaker Company Became Adidas And Puma
A bitter feud between German sneaker giants Rudolf and Adolf Dassler saw that their company split into the two behemoths we know today.
The Legend Of The French Heiress Lost At Sea And Found On The Throne Of The Ottoman Empire
When Aimée du Buc de Rivéry disappeared at the end of the 18th century, people speculated that she may have somehow become the Sultana Valide of the Ottoman Empire. But could this be true?
Who Was The Man In The Iron Mask, The Anonymous 17th-Century French Prisoner?
Even after his death, the government took great care to hide the identity of the Man in the Iron Mask. His clothes were promptly burned at dawn and his cell was immediately scraped and whitewashed.
Meet Madame De Montespan, The Unofficial ‘Queen Of Versailles’ Dethroned By Rumors Of Infanticide
The Marquise de Montespan had the heart of the king, but it was rumored that she'd used black magic to get it.