Battles Not Burkas: These Ancient Persian Women Fought For Their Cause

Long ago, when the women of Persia were honored and revered by their culture, they often held influential and dynamic positions in society. Aside from being mothers, they played many roles—teacher, politician, business owner, even soldiers. In fact, ancient women warriors of Persia were so powerful, neighboring male-dominated cultures in both Greece and Rome viewed…

Walpurga Hausmännin: Confessions Of A Condemned Sorceress

Medieval Europe could be a frightful place for a woman of strength, especially one with the wisdom of a midwife and the proclivities of a healer. Intensified by her status as an elderly widow in 16th-century Germany, Walpurga Hausmännin made the perfect witch. Accused of over forty heinous crimes against children like vampirism and murder,…

Can These Diabolical Rulers Of The Past Explain The Present?

If anything, the recent presidential elections have reminded us that not everyone agrees on what makes an effective ruler. The amount of confusion, chaos, and general upset surrounding our recent presidential results speak to our varying perspectives as well as our forgetfulness of the past—a tyrannical and childish ruler is a wildly dangerous thing. The whole…

Freedom At All Cost: Remembering History’s Greatest Slave Rebellion

There is nothing more stirring to the blood than the quest for freedom, especially as it lies in the desperate hearts of those who have suffered the brutal lash of slavery. And sometime—in fact, much of the time—the right to freedom is begrudgingly returned only when those in power are threatened. Freedom is not something…

Has America Forgotten The Toxic Stain of Agent Orange?

As America continues to untangle itself from an ongoing battle in the Middle East which has spawned the rise of ISIS and contributed to the Syrian devastation, it feels particularly poignant to remember this is not our first rodeo. Just a mere 60 odd years ago, we were busy raining down holy hell on the heads…

How A Quaint London Holiday Revealed A Stunning House of Horrors

“I remember as I gazed down at the still form of my first victim, experiencing a strange, peaceful thrill.” -John Christie Having spent the recent holiday in London, I am reminded how its dark and curious history is never very far from view. From Highgate to Dorset Street, one would be hard-pressed to find a plot…

How Jure Grando Introduced The Epic Legend of the Vampire

Vampires are typically associated with gloomy, foreboding castles in Transylvania, but the original stories of the štrigoi are even older than Dracula and can be found in remote parts of Europe as well. In fact, one of the most chilling legends comes from Kringa, a small Istrian town in what is now modern-day Croatia. Within this Balkan…

These Terrifying Christmas Legends Showed No Mercy To the Wicked

Ah, Christmas. It’s a time dedicated to kindness, generosity, joy, and rampant consumerism. A time when people try to let their problems go and embrace the darkest days of the year by plugging in colored lights and keeping the hearth warm and welcoming. The tinsel-laden month of December offers a reprieve from the usual travails…

These Lost Treasures Are Actually Real And Waiting To Be Found

Have you ever wondered about the endless treasure that must be lying somewhere at the bottom of the sea? Unheard of riches squirreled away by fearsome robbers hiding the spoils of their crimes? Men have been stealing and losing and finding treasure since the dawn of civilization, and the ongoing search for it offers a…

How Paris’s Affair of The Poisons Exposed One Legendary Witch

Throughout the darkest halls of history, there have always been tales of witches—lawless, brazen women who used their knowledge of the occult to change the tides of fate using any means necessary. Sadly, many of these accused women throughout Europe and America were really just victims of fear-based conspiracies meant to round up and burn…

These Ten Ancient Objects Reveal An Astonishing Human History

If you seek answers from the past, there’s nothing better than finding an object—something really old— with the ability to reveal precious details about the human race and how life has evolved physically, emotionally, and intellectually over millions of years. History tends to focus on the lives and artifacts of the rich and powerful, but…

Joaquin Murrieta: The Mexican Folk Hero Who Terrorized The Wild West

Mexican patriot or vicious desperado? It depends on who you ask, but one thing is certain, Joaquin Murrieta was a dashing, romanticized figure from history who became a Hispanic folk hero for many. Just like a Mexican Robin Hood, Murrieta spent his days using criminal methods as a way to avenge the misdeeds of corrupt…