The Russian Revolution should not be confined to 1917. The legacy of its leader and chief ideologue lives on in all its terrible contradictions.
Some of the most intelligent people in early modern Europe were convinced of the existence of merpeople.
Norse travellers reached every corner of the known world, but they were not tourists. The ‘racially pure’ Vikings of stereotype were, in fact, cultural chameleons adopting local habits, languages and religions.
The man who conspired to kill Julius Caesar was not quite the friend to Romans and countrymen that his legendary status suggests.