Category: Byzantium

The Loves of John Smith

As we discussed in our previous post on Pocahontas (http://www.historynaked.com/pocahontas/), explorer John Smith had his life saved by the Native American princess.  Some historians have cast doubt on this story as the only source we have is a letter Smith wrote to Queen Anne describing the event in 1616 when Pocahontas journeyed to England.  Smith’s […]

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THE FIRST USE OF BIOLOGICAL WARFARE AND THE SIEGE OF KAFFA

It is recorded that by 1331 The Black Death was ravaging its way through central Asia. It was for a long time a mystery as to how exactly this plague managed to make its way to the shores of Europe but by reading ancient texts historians and biologists think they have traced its advancement to […]

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Empress Irene

Not much is known about Irene’s early life.  She born between 750 and 755 CE and was related in some way to the noble Greek Sarantapechos family of Athens.  She was an orphan, and there is some mystery around why she was chosen from obscurity to be the bride of Leo IV, heir to Constantinople. […]

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The Varangian Guard-  Vikings in Constantinople

Constantinople was the crossroads of many cultures, so it is unsurprising that the Vikings made their way there as well.  Vikings came originally as traders or raiders, depending on which would give them the most profit.  Then they settled in what would become Russia founding the settlements of Novgorod and Kiev.  They intermarried with the […]

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