Once upon a time, an infamous pirate was beheaded. Centuries later, his head purportedly turned up in all sorts of interesting places.Read the rest of this entry »
Archive for January, 2017
Blackbeard the pirate: Tactical Genius. Technically Innocent (Ha!)Read the rest of this entry »
Let’s talk a little about Edwin Booth. People don’t remember the other two Booth brothers. John Wilkes Booth casts a long shadow. And when they do, it’s because Edwin once rescued Robert Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s son, from being crushed by a train. There’s a certain neatness in the symmetry of that. One brother saves a son, while the other murders a father.
But there was a time when Edwin’s name outshone his more infamous brother. There was a time when, by the right word or the right action, Edwin might have put his brother on a different path.
All through history, I’ve read accounts of rulers and wannabe rulers who minted their own coins. But I rarely stopped to think of the reasons why beyond assuming it was some kind of prestige thing. But when I wrote my article on Joanna La Loca (Joan the Mad, in English), it struck me that both […]Read the rest of this entry »
Until you saw the musical Hamilton, You probably got the impression that the founding fathers all got along and always knew exactly what they were doing. That’s because people like to tell stories.