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Giovanni Branca – Grandfather of the Industrial Revolution

A common complaint about old houses is the lack of closets. The explanation is simple; before the Industrial Revolution the average person owned...
Benvenuto Cellini's bust on the Ponte Vecchio

Benvenuto Cellini, Renaissance Man

Calling someone a "Renaissance man" is quite a compliment, even if occasionally misused and misunderstood in our times. Fortunately, one of the world...
John William Polidori. by F.G. Gainsford oil on canvas, circa 1816

John Polidori and the vampires

Vampires existed in folklore for centuries, gruesome, repulsive, rotting horrors that mindlessly preyed on the blood of the living. The modern...
The monument in Lisbon, Portugal, with Prince Henry the Navigator on the top left

The forerunners of Columbus

Political correctness aside, Christopher Columbus is arguably the greatest and most important explorer of all times, changing the world and the very...
Agostino Steffani

Agostino Steffani – The most extraordinary European of his day

All culturally literate people know who George Frideric Handel was, yet the man who gave him his biggest career boost as well as being one of the...
Queen Christina of Sweden

Queen Christina – Italian by Choice

Italy has long been one of the world's most popular travel destinations, and many a person has diligently saved to make the trip, but few can claim...
St. Robert Bellarmine

The Spiritual Father of the Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence was a bold statement of human rights, based on the then radical principle that government derives its power from the...

King Arthur – Folktales, Myths and His Imperial Roman Origin

In popular culture King Arthur is usually depicted as sovereign of some medieval never-never land, where Knights of the Round Table and their ladies...

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