We tend to think of borders between countries as being firm, distinct lines—and most of the time, they are. Sometimes, though, they’re a little more… let’s say, fluid than that. Sometimes, it’s actually possible for a single place to exist in two countries at once. Heck, in some cases, these places can exist in more than two regions at once.
The “mad queen” trope is as popular in history as it is in pop culture. However, all too often, we see this moniker attached to complex—and more notably, powerful—women whose influence exceeded the social restrictions or expectations of their time period, causing their contemporaries to view them as a looming threat or a literal offense. Were three of history’s most famous “mad” queens actually suffering from mental illness, or were they simply the victims of slander? Let’s find out, shall we?
The legend of the Grand Duchess Anastasia is one of the twentieth century’s most enduring popular myths. What really happened to the Russian imperial family, and what is it about the legend of Anastasia’s survival that has made it endure for so long?
Whether you’re a certifiable bookworm or not, the vast majority of us have benefited significantly from the ready availability of print media in this day and age. But if you’ve always thought that we have the Gutenberg Bible to thank for that, think again: Johannes Gutenberg didn’t invent movable type, and the Gutenberg Bible wasn’t the first book ever printed.