HISTORY Lists

Victorian Women

5 Things Victorian Women Didn’t Do (Much)

Don’t let the lace doilies and lavender sachets fool you—life for women in Victorian England wasn’t always how we imagine it.

William the Conqueror

10 Things You May Not Know About William the Conqueror

Explore 10 facts about one of European history’s most influential rulers.

Explorers Who Disappeared

6 Explorers Who Disappeared

Get the facts on six famous explorers who journeyed to the far reaches of the earth, only to never be seen again.

Marco Polo

11 Things You May Not Know About Marco Polo

Discover fascinating facts about the life of Marco Polo and his legendary travels to the Far East.

Spartans

8 Reasons It Wasn’t Easy Being Spartan

From fitness tests for infants to state-sponsored hazing, find out why these ancient Greek warriors had a rough go of it.

CSS Shenandoah

6 Soldiers Who Refused to Surrender

Meet six combatants who wouldn’t lay down their arms, long after their wars had come to an end.

Vikings Facts

10 Things You May Not Know About the Vikings

Explore 10 surprising facts about the seafaring Scandinavians.

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

5 Romances That Changed History

Love really can change the world—if you’re a member of one of these famous couples, that is.

Ancient Sports Stars

7 Ancient Sports Stars

From early Olympians to the Michael Jordan of Roman chariot racing, these seven sportsmen stand among the athletic elite of the ancient world.

Joan of Arc

7 Surprising Facts About Joan of Arc

Explore seven surprising facts about Joan of Arc, 600 years after the courageous teenager rose from obscurity to lead the French army.

Site of Brook Farm in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.

5 19th-Century Utopian Communities in the United States

From group marriage to restrictions on hot baths, explore the surprising practices of five utopian communities in 19th-century America.

Slave Revolts

7 Famous Slave Revolts

Find out about seven groups of slaves who risked everything for a chance at freedom.