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Plutarch

Plutarch (c. 50-120) "Moral good is a practical stimulus; it is no sooner seen, than it inspires an impulse to practise; and influences the mind...

The Northumbrian Coup Against Earl Tostig

Tostig Godwinson became the Earl of Northumbria in 1055. His brother was Earl Harold Godwinson of Wessex and his brother-in-law was King Edward the...

Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio (c. 1313-1375) "Do as you would be done by, that's my motto." The Decameron (Second Day, Ninth Story) by Giovanni Boccaccio, translated by G. H....

The Assassination of Abbot Lupentius of Javols

Around 584, a man named Lupentius, the abbot of the church of Saint Privatus in Javols, was accused of slandering Queen Brunhild. As the...

The Burning Of Paternus

A fire struck the city of Paderborn in 1058. According to the Chronicon of Marianus Scotus, which was in turn cited by the Chronicle of Florence of...

Christine de Pizan

Christine de Pizan (c. 1364-1430) "Anyone who wanted could cite plentiful examples of exceptional women in the world today: it's simply a matter of looking...

The Tricky Tale Of Odin’s Investigation Into King Geirrod Of The Goths

Odin and Frigg were the main power couple of the Norse pantheon of deities. Odin, in particular, was the owner of Valhalla and held...

Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) "Owing to the helplessness and subservience of democracy in the hands of ambitious and commanding men, added to the facilities of...

Plutarch

Plutarch (c. 50-120) "Moral good is a practical stimulus; it is no sooner seen, than it inspires an impulse to practise; and influences the mind...

The Buddha

The Buddha (6th-5th century BCE) "Irrigators guide the water. Fletchers shape the arrow shaft. Carpenters shape wood. The virtuous tame themselves." The Dhammapada (Verses on the Way, Chapter 10), recorded in...

Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio (c. 1313-1375) "Do as you would be done by, that's my motto." The Decameron (Second Day, Ninth Story) by Giovanni Boccaccio, translated by G. H....

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Appius Herdonius And His Failed Slave Revolt In Rome

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The Adventurous Life of Geirmund Hel-Skin

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Benjamin Franklin

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10 Wise Quotes From Anna Komnene

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10 Insightful Thucydides Quotes

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Ten Mysterious Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

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Plutarch (c. 50-120) "Moral good is a practical stimulus; it is no sooner seen, than it inspires an impulse to practise; and influences the mind...

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Aristotle (384-322 BCE) "The wish for friendship develops rapidly, but friendship does not." From The Nicomachean Ethics (Book VIII, section 3, Bekker page 1156b) by Aristotle, translated by...

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Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE) "Utility is an impermanent thing: it changes according to circumstances." From The Nicomachean Ethics (Book VIII, section 3, Bekker page 1156a) by Aristotle, translated...

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Appius Herdonius And His Failed Slave Revolt In Rome

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The Odd Tale Of The Ascetic, Jacobus, And His Confrontation With A Persian Army

According to the historian Procopius (c. 490-565), an interesting figure named Jacobus flourished in the late 5th and early 6th centuries. This Jacobus, it...

The Northumbrian Coup Against Earl Tostig

Tostig Godwinson became the Earl of Northumbria in 1055. His brother was Earl Harold Godwinson of Wessex and his brother-in-law was King Edward the...

Winston Churchill

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The Entrepreneurial Woes Of Margery Kempe

Margery Brunham was born in 1373 to a prominent and wealthy merchant family from King’s Lynn, Norfolk. Her father, John Brunham, was one of...

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Plutarch (c. 50-120) "Moral good is a practical stimulus; it is no sooner seen, than it inspires an impulse to practise; and influences the mind...

Appius Herdonius And His Failed Slave Revolt In Rome

In the year 460 BCE, a man named Appius Herdonius reportedly led a campaign against Rome and successfully seized the Capitoline Hill.  Although no known...

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The Buddha (6th-5th century BCE) "Irrigators guide the water. Fletchers shape the arrow shaft. Carpenters shape wood. The virtuous tame themselves." The Dhammapada (Verses on the Way, Chapter 10), recorded in...

The Northumbrian Coup Against Earl Tostig

Tostig Godwinson became the Earl of Northumbria in 1055. His brother was Earl Harold Godwinson of Wessex and his brother-in-law was King Edward the...

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Giovanni Boccaccio (c. 1313-1375) "Do as you would be done by, that's my motto." The Decameron (Second Day, Ninth Story) by Giovanni Boccaccio, translated by G. H....

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