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Anne Royall: Common Scold

by Jeff Biggers Bloody feet, sisters, have worn smooth the path by which you have come hither. —Abby Kelley Foster, National Women’s Rights Convention, 1851 In the summer of 1829, more than a century after Grace Sherwood had been plunged into the Lynnhaven

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The Many Affairs of Crown Prince Rudolf

by Greg King and Penny Wilson On a snowy January morning in 1889, a worried servant hacked open a locked door at the remote hunting lodge deep in the Vienna Woods. Inside, he found two bodies sprawled on an ornate

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The Lordly Roscoe Conkling

by Scott S. Greenberger Despite his promising start as a young man, by his early fifties Chester A. Arthur was known as the crooked crony of New York machine boss Roscoe Conkling. For years Arthur had been perceived as unfit

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Echoes of Mayerling: The Unlikely Career of Countess Marie Larisch

by Greg King and Penny Wilson By 1918, the Austro-Hungarian and the German Empires had collapsed into nothingness.  Imperial families were stripped of their titles and relegated to the status of citizen; their laws and traditions were wiped away and—absent

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The Mayflower Compact

by Rebecca Fraser Although the Mayflower’s crew were experienced sailors—Captain Jones had spent a lifetime transporting wine, while the two pilots or mates, John Clarke and Robert Coppin, had previously been to Virginia and New England—Jones had never travelled beyond

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