Meet Mehmed II, The Ottoman Ruler Who Conquered Constantinople And The Last Vestige Of The Roman Empire
Known as Mehmed the Conqueror, Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II was just 21 years old when he took control of Constantinople and defeated the Byzantine Empire in 1453.
The Forgotten Brilliance Of Laura Bassi, One Of History’s First Female Scientists
Nearly 200 years before Marie Curie won her Nobel Prize, Laura Bassi was born. Already a genius by age 13, Bassi grew up to be one of the greatest minds during the Age of Enlightenment.
This Titanic Fire Theory Suggests It Wasn’t Just The Iceberg’s Fault
Rarely-seen photos reveal a 30-foot-long black streak on the hull of the Titanic — days before the doomed ship set sail in 1912.
The Great Stork Derby: When A Millionaire Held A Baby-Making Race For His Fortune
When Charles Millar died childless in 1926, he bequeathed his fortune to whichever woman could bear the most children in a 10-year span. What followed was a baby boom the likes of which Canada had never seen.
Inside Henry V’s Muddy, Bloody Victory At The Battle Of Agincourt
England's army of archers and men-at-arms killed somewhere between 4,000 and 10,000 French soldiers at the Battle of Agincourt, after rain and heavy armor forced the French to literally sink into the battlefield.
How Catherine Of Valois Went From Neglected Princess To Queen Consort To Political Pariah
After a miserable childhood, Catherine of Valois married King Henry V of England and secured her place in history — but she lived in controversy after his untimely death.
Shakespeare Made Henry V A Legend — But Much Of His Life Story Is A Myth
Contrary to what Shakespeare and Netflix's The King would have you believe, King Henry V of England wasn't a wayward youth reluctant to lead, and he didn't go to war with France over a bunch of tennis balls.
Deadly Sniper Roza Shanina Was One Of The Soviets’ Greatest Assets In World War II
Roza Shanina racked up 59 Nazi kills in just 10 months on the Eastern Front — and her diary captured it all.
Angela Hitler Was The Führer’s Half-Sister — And The Mother Of His Teenage, Incestuous Love Interest
Angela Hitler was allegedly the Führer's favorite sister and she remained loyal to him even after he developed a questionable relationship with Angela's daughter, Geli.
Meet The Mother Of All Feminists, Philosopher Mary Astell
Through her sharp treatises and philosophical writings, the self-educated Mary Astell would galvanize the Suffrage movement.