Monthly Archives: November 2012

A Comanche Story: Cynthia Ann Parker, Part 1


A Comanche raiding party kidnapped Cynthia Ann when she was 9 years old. She lived with Comanche parents, marrying a war chief and having children. But her family never stopped searching for her. As word of her story spread, her … Continue reading

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Gertrude Bell: The Uncrowned Queen of Iraq, Part 2


Part 2 of this series follows Gertrude Bell on her adventures after World War I begins. The British army asked her to help them retain their influence in the Middle East. But how did she get from there to helping … Continue reading

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The True Story of the Chevalier d’Eon: Part 2


Upset with the prospect of a demotion, the Chevalier d’Eon published his diplomatic correspondence. Worried that d’Eon might reveal the King’s Secret, Louis XV  desperately negotiated d’Eon’s return — with one catch: the Chevalier had to become a woman.

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Gertrude Bell: The Uncrowned Queen of Iraq


Gertrude Bell was the first woman to graduate with a First in Modern History from Oxford. Instead of marrying young, she went to Persia. Inspired, she traveled across the Middle East on numerous exploratory treks. But would it last in … Continue reading

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The True Story of the Chevalier d’Eon: Part 1


Recently, London’s National Portrait Gallery acquired a portrait of the Chevalier d’Eon, the first oil painting in its collection to feature a man in women’s clothing. Learn how Louis XV’s underground foreign policy led d’Eon to acquire a female identity.

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Johann Dippel and the Elixir of Life


Johann Konrad Dippel was born in 1673 at Frankenstein Castle. Originally a theology student, Dippel began dabbling in chemistry, medicine and alchemy. Today he’s remembered for creating a panacea that was used on a variety of ailments. How did he … Continue reading

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Who was Tokyo Rose?


During World War II, Allied troops often listened to Japanese propaganda, and they nick-named the English-speaking, female broadcasters “Tokyo Rose.” After the war, the hunt to find them was on — and Iva d’Aquino found herself on trial for treason.

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