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In the 1880's, Nellie Bly battled against the horrific treatment of mental asylum patients by feigning mental illness and going undercover for 10 days in a mental asylum, so that she could report on the appalling conditions therein. In doing so, she created a social movement for reform.

Slap-soled shoes belonging to Frances Walsingham, lady in waiting to Elizabeth I, and daughter of her spymaster, Francis Walsingham. Though the shoes belong to a Canadian collector, they are considered so important to British history that they have to be returned to England

La Femme: walk this way

An oblong crystal found in the wreck of a 16th-century English warship is a sunstone, a near-mythical navigational aid said to have been used by Viking mariners

Easter Island stones... Wow!

easter island stones

-Mary Tudor (1516 - 1558) born in Greenwich -Mary Tudor was the daughter of Katharine of Aragonand King Henry VIII -During her early life Princess Mary Tudor was revered as the much loved, only daughter, of the King and Queen of England but all of this changed when her father cast aside her mother for another woman

This is the banner that was used in the 1536 - 1537 uprising against Henry VIII, the Pilgrimage of Grace, which was led by Robert Aske. In the rebellion, people marched under the banners of the five wounds of Christ, in opposition to the religious changes that were being made by Henry VIII. The rebels were pardoned and offered terms in December 1536, but 200 leaders, including Aske, were arrested and executed less than six months later.

Historical Vandals

You never would've guessed these happened around the same time... - The Meta Picture

You never would’ve guessed these happened around the same time…
  • EspressoLaine

    That next to last pic is Jefferson Davis, not Thomas Jefferson...? O.o

  • Angie Long
    Angie Long

    EspressoLaine, that's just what I was thinking. The clothing and facial hair are all wrong for it to be Thomas Jefferson.

In 1920, Anna Anderson turned up at a mental hospital in Germany as a Jane Doe. She refused to reveal her identity at first, but two years later she began claiming to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, who was believed (though not by all) to have been executed with the rest of the Russian Royal family four years earlier. Anderson was the most well known woman claiming to be Anastasia, and she continued to uphold the claim until her death.

Top 10 Great Historical Impostors - Listverse

Human footprints found in Britain are oldest ever seen outside of Africa. Extraordinary new evidence of Britain's first human inhabitants has been discovered in Norfolk. Around 50 footprints, made by members by an early species of prehistoric humans almost a million years ago, have been revealed by coastal erosion near the village of Happisburgh, in Norfolk, 17 miles north-east of Norwich. 1/6

(Civil War Major General) James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States, as a (very good-looking) young man

An ancient nine-inch metal screw found in the 2600-year-old mummy of an Egyptian priest Usermontu's leg became a worldwide sensation. Read more: www.messagetoeagl...

Origin of the days of the week and I am a childhood nerd when it comes to Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology

Origin of the days of the week…

Heroin - by Bayer, the trusted name in pain relief. A bottle of Bayer's 'Heroin'. Between 1890 and 1910 heroin was sold as a non-addictive substitute for morphine... It was also used to treat children suffering with a strong cough

roman clothes and fashion

Roman coins used as tokens for entrance in Roman brothels

Bearnais Dwarves posing with a bottle of champagne

1,650-year-old bottle, sealed with wax and containing a white liquid, has been on display at the Pfalz Historical Musuem for more than a century. The wine, believed to have been produced locally, was buried with a Roman noble near the German city of Speyer in 350AD. It was discovered in 1867 and analysed by the Kaiser’s chemists during the First World War.

Famous Moments In History, From A Different Angle: 1989 - Traffic jam in Berlin as the border between East and West Germany opens.

25 Famous Moments In History, From A Different Angle.

Prince Albert. It is sort of ironic that Victoria fell in love with this tall handsome man, and her great, great, great,granddaughter would find love at first sight as she did.

Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich Romanov (1904-1918). Last photo before his execution, May 1918. His diary, and those of his sisters, have recently been made public. In the last entry, he noted he knew that he was going to be killed and hoped that his sisters would be spared.

The Library of Alexandria The most famous library in history (and possibly myth) is, of course, the Ancient Library of Alexandria. It was built sometime between 300 and 250 B.C., by either of Ptolemy I Soter or his son Ptolemy II. It was likely organized by a student of Aristotle, Demetrius of Phaleron.

Libraries of History and Myth

We Irish descend from the Milesians (also known as the Gaels) came to Ireland in 504 BC from Galicia. The common ancestor of all Irish people is Míl Espáine (from whence the Milesians are named), who was the king of Galicia and northern Portugal and it is rather interesting that Míl Espáine, in Gaelic, means Soldier of Hispania!


Sea daffodil fresco (detail). This site tells of the Thera volcano and the destruction of Minoan civilization. Mystery of History Volume 1, Lesson 12 #MOHI12

Thera & the destruction of Minoan Civilization

Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204). One of the most powerful women in European history. Wife of two kings (Louis VII king of France & Henry II Plantagenet king of England) and mother of other three (Henry the Young King, Richard I Lionheart & John I Lackland). Joined her military on the Crusades. Spent 16 years imprisoned. Poisoned her husband's mistress. Died a nun at 82 years old.

A Polar Bear's Tale: Eleanor of Aquitaine's tomb effigy