The Weird Journey of Urd, the Goddess of Fate
In terms of Norse mythology, Urd and her sisters, the Norns, are minor characters. However, they've managed to embrace other cultures and mediums such as American comics and Japanese Anime. Urd, in particular, has also become a feminine symbol for modern times.
Biography of Della Street, Perry Mason’s More Than Secretary
Della Street is probably the most famous, and the most indispensable to her employer, of any legal secretary in history. But who is she really? Let's find out!
Queen Victoria and the Lady Flora Hastings Scandal
The Lady Flora Hastings scandal exposed Queen Victoria's personal prejudices and her poor judgement. Flora was a lady-in-waiting to Victoria's mother the Duchess of Kent. When Flora's abdomen swelled accusations flew around court about her being pregnant. Victoria soon regretted vilifying Flora.
Emperor Charlemagne: The “Father of Europe”
Charlemagne's reign changed the face of Europe forever. For decades this warrior king fought to suppress the Saxons and other threats. He spread Christianity to the masses and created much of what we term Western Europe. He was the Roman Emperor for 14 years from 800 A.D.
How to Pray Always: Seven Methods
To learn the art of prayer is to gain an eternal skill. Acquiring this ability involves constant practice. The Scriptures encourage us to pray always as do the saints. Yet, how is this possible? This article studies seven different methods of constant prayer.
What Is the True Nature of Reality? Platonism Vs. Positivism
For many centuries, philosophers and scientists have debated the problems associated with discovering reality. This article looks at Platonism and positivism and how the different systems approach the issue.
The Sticky Story of the Penny Black Stamp
Long before we could email, text or tweet our news to family and friends there was post, snail mail. During the British reforms of the 1830s, the postal system was revolutionised. The first prepaid adhesive stamp in the world was invented: The Penny Black. Did you know that it was quickly abandoned?
10 Questions and Answers About Heaven
The smile of a child, the fragrance of a flower, sunlight on a fresh, spring morning—all these are short-lived glimmers of heaven. The inward spirit longs for undying joy. God places this desire in the soul and seeks to fulfil it. This article tries to answer questions about heaven.
Henrietta Maria: A Young Catholic Queen in a Protestant Country
French-born Henrietta Maria was the daughter, sister, mother and wife of kings. In 1625 she was married to the autocratic Charles I in England. She was a Catholic in a Protestant country which made her unpopular. She had to overcome opposition to finally secure Charles' attention and confidence.
The Wars of the Roses: Medieval England's Climactic Conflict
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Why Is Friday the 13th Considered Unlucky?
Friday the 13th is considered unlucky, but why? The superstitious Victorians added the bad luck of Friday to the misfortune of 13 and the 13th to seal its fate as a shudder-inducing date on the calendar in Western cultures.
Paita or the Sacred Thread in Bengal Temple Decorations
Learn all of Paita or Janeu (also known as the Sacred Thread) and its depiction in Bengal temple decorations.
Early Roman Warfare, by Jeremy Armstrong, a Review
A review of Early Roman Warfare, by Jeremy Armstrong, a book detailing a revised model of development for the early Roman armies.
Project Acoustic Kitty Lets the Spy Cat Out of the Bag
In the 1960s, the CIA thought it could train cats to spy on its enemies. Project Acoustic Kitty was born.
Lincoln and Douglas History in Winchester, Illinois
The town of Winchester, Illinois, was once home to Stephen A. Douglas and the site of an important speech by Abraham Lincoln. A number of buildings of historic and architectural significance remain there as well.
"The Bizarre King Zog" of Albania
Albania's King Zog I was a Charlie Chaplin-loving, ruthless dictator who made himself king with Benito Mussolini's backing. He rose from relatively lowly roots to the highest position in the land and yet with one word from Mussolini the dream ended.
Timeline of the Scientific Revolution
From the 15th through the 18th centuries, scientific thought underwent a revolution. The Aristotelian view of nature that had dominated science for almost 2,000 years was cast out. The Scientific Revolution brought forth a more rigorous method of scientific exploration.
6 Key Elements of Gothic Literature: Romance With Horror
Gothic novels are dark and compelling. You have to keep reading, no matter what horrors they contain. What are the key elements that define such a novel?
Medieval Food: What Did People in England Eat During the Middle Ages?
Fine dining in the feudal era was reserved for the rich, while the poor made do with bread and stew. Here is an overview of what people from various classes of medieval society depended on for their daily sustenance.
Analysis of Poem 'Immigrants in Our Own Land' by Jimmy Santiago Baca
'Immigrants in Our Own Land' focuses on identity and the hopes and dreams of chicanos (Americans of Mexican descent) and mestizos (mixed race Mexicans) who are 'living without a soul' in prison and society. Jimmy Santiago Baca based his poem on personal experience—an example of Pinto poetry.
Gerard Manley Hopkins’ "Pied Beauty"
Gerard Manley Hopkins’ "Pied Beauty" is an innovative sonnet, dedicated to honoring and praising the Divine Creator for the multitude and variety of gifts He has bestowed upon His children. That varied multitude offers the beauty that keeps the divine drama ever moving on pathways to glory.