Historical Biographies

A biography, or simply bio, is a detailed description of a person’s life. It involves more than just the basic facts like education, work, relationships, and death; it portrays a person’s experience of these life events.

Robert the Strong's image in a genealogy of French kings (c. 1384)

Robert the Strong: Explore the origins and rise of the Robertian family, the progenitors of the Capetian dynasty and modern European royals.

Depiction of Matilda in the 12th-century Gospels of Henry the Lion

The Lady of the English: Matilda's quest for the English throne during the Anarchy reveals a tale of ambition, struggle, and resilience.

Ragnar Lodbrok with sons Ivar and Ubba, 15th-century miniature in Harley MS 2278 folio 39r

Ragnar Lodbrok, the legendary Viking chieftain, continues to captivate imaginations with his audacious exploits and indomitable spirit.

Empty fifteenth-century tomb of King Æthelstan at Malmesbury Abbey

Æthelstan's triumphs stand as a testament to his leadership and indomitable spirit. As the first King of England, he unified the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.

Excerpt from folio 47v of Harley MS 2278. The scene depicts Hinguar and Hubba setting out to avenge their father, Lothbrok

Ivar's Invasion: The mysterious Viking leader known as Ivar the Boneless left a lasting impact in England and Ireland. Uncover his legends and facts.

  • February 10, 2023
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The crowning of the Croatian king Tomislav

Tomislav, the first king of Croatia, united Pannonian Croatia with his territories after defeating the Hungarians.

Alfred the Great - The Forging of England - Portrait of Alfred the Great by Samuel Woodforde (1763-1817)

Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, fought against the Vikings and promoted education, unifying England and laying foundations for a centralized monarchy.

Handwritten Qur’an in Kufic script, from Iran, dating to the later 11th century CE

The Role of Muhammad in Islamic Faith and Practice is paramount as he is considered the last prophet and the example for Muslims to follow in their daily lives.

Life and legacy: The Virgin and Child with Scenes from the Lives of the Saints

Life and legacy: Saint Benedict of Nursia is widely considered the father of Western monasticism, and his rules are still used today by Benedictine Monks.

Battle between Clovis and the Visigoths

Clovis I: The First King of the Franks and Founder of the Merovingian Dynasty - A Look into His Life and Reign

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