Scandalous and ridiculous myths about women in history

Oh, you must have heard how Catherine the Great of Russia died. The horse. The harness that broke. How it fell on top of her. What she was trying to do at the time with the horse. I’ve heard that tale for decades going back to university. The myth that one of Russia’s most powerful…

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The horror of the Great Plague of London in 1665

I’ve been on UKTV’s Private Lives of the Monarchs documentary series talking about the scandals that have enveloped various kings in history. This was the programme on Charles II and his less than gallant handling of the Great Plague in London. Basically, he fled the city as thousands of Londoners perished of the bubonic plague – a…