The Historian's Hut

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Six Years of Chaos In Byzantium: The Cumans Vs. The Pechenegs Vs. The Byzantine Empire Vs. Çaka Bey of Smyrna

<b>The Invasion</b><p>(The Pechenegs defeating the Rus, from the Skyllitzes Matritensis, fol. 173r, [Public Domain] via Creative Commons)<p>In 1087 CE, a horde of …

Julius Caesar Had A Rebel Leader Of Gaul Clubbed To Death In Front Of His Comrades

(Bust of Julius Caesar, remastered photograph from Alfred von Domaszewski Geschichte der Romischen Kaiser Verlag von Quelle & Meyer in Leipzig 1914, …

The Greek Historian Herodotus Recorded A Truly Horrifying Tale Surrounding The Birth Of The Persian, Cyrus The Great

(The Childhood of King Cyrus of Persia, by Sebastiano Ricci (1659–1734), [Public Domain] via Creative Commons)<p>The account as told by Herodotus about …

The Unlikely Man Who Popularized The Stories Of King Arthur—Geoffrey of Monmouth

(Painting of King Arthur by N.C. Wyeth (1882–1945), from Sir Thomas Mallory, [Public Domain] via Creative Commons<p>In 12th-century Britain, a peculiar …

Ares, The Underwhelming God Of War

(The Combat of Ares and Athena (cropped), by Jacques-Louis David (1748–1825), [Public Domain] via Creative Commons)<p>The ancient Greek god of war, …

Geoffrey Chaucer Was Captured By The French During The Hundred Years’ War

(Portrait of Chaucer as a Canterbury pilgrim, Ellesmere manuscript of The Canterbury Tales, c. 15th century, [Public Domain] via Creative Commons)<p>In …

The Most Popular Of The Ancient Mystery Religion Cults—Demeter and Kore in Eleusis

(Varrese Painting of Demeter, [Public Domain] via Creative Commons)<p>The mystery religions of the ancient world are a fascinating subject. While most …

Monsters of Münster

<b>An Unbelievably Bizarre Anabaptist Rebellion</b><p><b></b>(German city painted by Sebastian Münster (1488-1552), [Public Domain] via Creative Commons)<p>During the …

The 16th-Century Unifiers Of Japan Deified Themselves

(Tokugawa Ieyasu, painted by Kanō Tan'yū (1602–1674), [Public Domain] via Creative Commons)<p>Near the end of the Sengoku Period (The Warring States …

Herodotus’ Revealing Experience During the Festival Of Bastet

(Statues of Herodotus and Bastet)<p>While he traveled Egypt, the ancient Greek historian, Herodotus (c. 490-420 BCE), took notes on the local history, …

In The Late 19th Century, China Was Divided Like A Pie Between Imperialist Powers

(French Political Cartoon "China -- the cake of kings and... of emperors," c. 1898, [Public Domain] via Creative Commons)<p>The diplomatic relationship …

Alexander The Great Crushed His First Rebellion When He Was Only 16 Years Old

(Alexander the Great receiving news, painting by Jean-Baptiste de Champaigne, 1672, [Public Domain] via Creative Commons)<p>In the year 340 BCE, King …

The Tragic Greek Myth Of Niobe And Her Family That Was Massacred By The Gods

(Apollo and Artemis Killing The Niobids, c. 1772, by Pierre-Charles Jombert, [Public Domain] via Creative Commons)<p>The myth of Niobe is definitely a …

New Biography: Saint Augustine (354-430 CE)

<b>A Wayward Son Who Became One Of Christianity’s Most Influential Figures</b><p>(Saint Augustine, painted by Antonio Rodríguez (1636 - 1691), [Public Domain] …

In The 16th Century, A Self-Proclaimed Prophet Named Melchior Hoffman Thought The World Would End In 1533

(Print of Melchior Hoffman c 1600, [Public Domain] via Creative Commons)<p>Melchior Hoffman (1495-1543 CE) was a German fur trader who spent his time …

After the Russian Revolution in 1917, The New Bolshevik Leaders Handed Over A Huge Amount Of Territory And Resources To Germany

(Approximate German and Austria-Hungary gains from the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk in 1918, created by Esemono, [Public Domain] via Creative Commons)<p>At …

In Norse Mythology, The Sun And Moon Are Perpetually Being Chased By Wolves

(The Wolves Pursuing Sol and Mani, by John Charles Dollman (1851–1934), [Public Domain] via Creative Commons)<p>According to a Norse myth, a man named …

Emperor Commodus—History Is Better That Fiction

<b>The Real Emperor Commodus Was Much More Bizarre and Odd Than The Way He Is Portrayed In Film</b><p><b></b>(Bust of Commodus photographed by Wolfgang Sauber in the …

Greek, Roman And Norse Mythology All Feature The Land of Troy

(Center: Homer, Left: Snorri Sturluson and Right: Virgil. All images in the collage are licensed as Public Domain via Creative Commons)<p>The concept of …

Thank The 15th-Century Bureau Brothers For Bureaucracy

(Print of Jean Bureau, from Ambroise Tardieu, Dictionnaire iconographique des Parisiens, Herment, 1885, [Public Domain] via Creative Commons)<p>In the …

The 17th-Century Adventures Of The Outlaw, Henry Pitman

<b>A doctor who was a rebel, a forced laborer, and an acquaintance of pirates</b><p><b></b>(James Scott, Duke of Monmouth and Buccleuch by Jan van Wyck, by Jan Wyck …

In WWII, The Allies Adopted Much Of Their Airborne Tactics From The German Capture of Crete

(Airplanes and parachutes above Crete, [German paratroopers from JU 52 cargoplanes]. Greece, Crete, 1941, [Public Domain] via Flickr)<p>In 1941, Germany …

In 1409, There Were Three Simultaneous Popes

(Depiction of the Council of Constance, c. 1417, [Public Domain] via Creative Commons)<p>The Years from 1309 to 1377 were called the Avignon Papacy, or …

The Ancient Greek God Hephaestus Had A Really Rough Childhood

(Vulcan in his Forge, by Pompeo Batoni (1708–1787), [Public Domain] via Creative Commons)<p>According to the Homeric version of the birth of Hephaestus, …

In The Western World, Medical Dissections For The Study Of Anatomy, Autopsy And Surgery Became Popular In 12th- and 13th-Century Italy

(Painting of John Bannister giving a lecture on anatomy, c. 1580, [Public Domain] via Creative Commons)<p>In the medieval age, leading up to the Italian …

The Megalithic Poet, Homer

<b>The Obscure Legend And His Epic Tales</b><p>(Statue of Homer, photographed by Rufus46, via Creative Commons (licensed CC 3.0), cropped and edited)<p>All around …

The Nazi SS Ran Brothels Within The Concentration Camps During WWII

(Photograph of Auschwitz, [Public Domain] via Pixabay)<p>The overseers of Nazi concentration camps orchestrated more than the systematic mass murder and …

Ten Fun And Unique Viking Names

(The Funeral of a Viking, by Frank Dicksee (1853–1928), [Public Domain] via Creative Commons)<p>During the Viking Age, the adventurous warriors of …

Alexander The Great Looted More Than A Trillion Modern U. S. Dollars Worth Of Gold And Silver In His First Three Years Of Rule

(Bars of Gold, [Public Domain] via Pixabay)<p>When Alexander the Great expanded his power from Macedonia and Greece to Egypt, Persia and India, he was …