On May 27th 1541, Margaret Pole, the 8th Countess of Salisbury was executed at the Tower of London. Born on the 14th August 1473, she went on to marry Sir Richard Pole in 1491. Together, they had five children, but she was widowed in 1505. One of her children, Reginald
Thomas Percy was the 7th Earl of Northumberland (1528–72). Born of a noble lineage, his uncle, the 6th earl of Northumberland, died in June 1537 at the age of 35. It’s said that the 6th earl of Northumberland had died of grief at the execution of Anne Boleyn. Thomas’ father,
Houska Castle has become one of the Czech Republic’s most famous landmarks. Nestled away deep in the Czech countryside, Houska Castle was built near the top of a cliff around one hour from the city of Prague. Constructed between 1253 and 1278 during the reign of Ottokar II of Bohemia,
Du Potet de Sennevoy also known as Baron Jules was born in the year 1796. He is a descendant of the Dukes of Burgundy. Du Potet, a native of France, would soon become one of the most important figures in mesmerism. Over the years his popularity grew, and he was
Stories of terrifying creatures are found in the folklore of most countries. Some of these creatures are similar throughout different cultures – none more so than the vampire. Although the vampire has taken on many forms throughout the centuries, especially with the influence of pop culture, the vampire has given
The Martyrs of Compiègne describes the 16 Carmelites (all of them from the Carmel of Compiègne) consisting of 11 discalced nuns, 3 lay sisters, and 2 tertiaries/externs who were executed in Compiègne (today referred to as Place de la Nation, Paris, France) by the guillotine on 17th July in 1794.
History remembers Agnes Waterhouse as one of the most dominant witches during the Tudor dynasty. She was the first woman to be put to death for witchcraft in England. In 1566, Agnes Waterhouse was accused of witchcraft and two other women; Elizabeth Francis and Joan Waterhouse, Agnes’ 18-years old daughter.
In September 2020, 13 well stacked coffins were uncovered in the desert necropolis of Saqqara, south of Cairo. The coffins were well preserved, and the 2,500 year old designs were still visible – displaying intricate artwork painted in blue, gold, white, black and red. The 13 coffins of Saqqara were
At the medieval burial site of England’s King Richard III, archeologists made a startling discovery. Near to where the king was buried, there was another coffin, which initially puzzled excavators. What they found is essentially a coffin within a coffin. The outer sarcophagus was made of stone, while the remains
Down on the bank of the River Nidd, Knaresborough, there’s a small, open doorway. As unassuming as it looks, this little hole-in-the-wall actually holds over 800 years of rich British history, thanks to a man who once called it his home – St. Robert of Knaresborough. St. Robert was born