Think of it as a passive-aggressive way to fight inequality

There’s something special about snuggling up with your child and reading an old-fashioned fairytale. Stories of witches, fairy queens, dragons, and brave heroes take us to fantasy lands where anything can — and usually does — happen.

The Brothers Grim, Charles Perrault, Andrew Lang, and Hans Christian Andersen are some of the big names in the fairytale world. But what happened to the females? Were women just not interested in the genre? Women were actually very much interested and were in fact at the forefront of the field. …


But in today’s world, is it really that bad?

I thought I was constitutionally incapable of cheating. But we all probably think that, don’t we? Then one day strange feelings creep in. Oh, sure we try to ignore them, but with every glance in the mirror, we see it. The dissatisfaction, the restlessness, the disappointment: it’s all there. Before we know it, visions of beauty start dancing through our heads. Then again, sometimes it seems to come out of nowhere. That’s how it happened to me, anyway. Just an innocent stroll through town had me cheating on my hairdresser.

Rochard and I had been a thing for years. Everyone…

I mean if you can, why not?


I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but here in the south the ground is warming up and the flowers and trees are starting to strut their stuff. Flowers in particular can be so small and unassuming, it’s sometimes hard to remember many of them have a long past. Many cultures have come up with stories and legends to explain the evolution of things in nature. Today let’s go back to the ancient world and check out some stories from those know-it-all ancient Greeks.

Apollo’s ill-fated love affairs

Rule # 1 Never judge people (or gods) by their size

Ah, to be a young god falling in love for the first time. And…

Like these guys had major sex appeal


Gladiators were the quintessential tough guys in ancient Rome. Rough and rugged, these guys fought to stay alive and simultaneously entertain the masses. Of course, we know the gladiator basics thanks to Hollywood, but if we dig a little deeper, we can find out some pretty interesting stuff.

Like a lot of things, the Romans stole the gladiator vibe from the Etruscans, who incorporated them into their funerary rituals. When a chief died, his warriors would fight to the death by his tomb as a sacrifice to his spirit. …

Here are three methods you probably never considered

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What comes to mind when you think of a clock? The alarm on your phone? Something digital at your bedside, or maybe an old-fashioned grandfather clock standing like a sentinel in the hallway? These things are all pretty modern, so how did people tell time way back before electrical circuits and mechanical gears? Things like sundials, hourglasses, church bells, and even roosters might come to mind. However, people came up with inventions way more interesting than that. Really, it was all about using the resources on hand and just getting creative.

Water: the flow of time

No one really knows when the water clock was…

Fair is foul and Foul is Fair when it comes to storytelling


What do you do if you’re an English playwright working for a new king? You write a play to get on his good side of course. That’s exactly what William Shakespeare did when he wrote his tragic story of Macbeth.

James, who was king of Scotland, added King of England to his title in 1603. So when the Bard wrote his play, he wanted to tailor it to the likes of his new patron. Witchcraft and ancestry were two of the king's special interests, so Shakespeare knew these were two elements he wanted to include in his story. He also…


A little divination could take this world a long way

I think it’s safe to say many people are wondering what 2021 has in store for us. If only someone could predict the future, we could all prepare for what's coming: good and bad. When people had questions about life’s problems in the ancient world, they knew exactly how to deal with them. They just asked the gods.

Back in the day, seeking advice from the gods was as common a practice as checking the weather is now. Nobody thought anything of consulting a tortoise shell, pebbles, or the wind for answers to pressing questions. …


Party like it’s 1420

When it came to partying, medieval people were no different from modern men and women. Give them an excuse to throw a feast and they were all over it. Holidays, marriages, church festivals, visits from ambassadors: all were good reasons to enjoy a banquet. Due to the inordinate expense involved, these larger feasts were far beyond the means of the average citizen. Why just look at what the staff at Winchester Castle had to procure for Henry III’s Christmas feast in 1250:

From Portsmouth: 4 brawn hogs
From Andover: 2 brawn hogs, 2000 eggs
From Lym: 40 fat congers (a…

Archaeological Site of Delphi, Greece (Wikipedia)

In Ancient Greece, the mysteries of the future belonged to one woman

The ancient world belonged to men. Men ruled the empires, filled the highest social positions, and made the laws. While philosophers preached on the superiority of men, women were denied the ability to vote, own land, or even inherit. A woman's influence hardly reached beyond the walls of her home. In fact, except for special events, Greek women hardly ever traveled outside their own walls.

However, there was one female powerful enough to bend the will of the greatest men. A woman whose counsel was sought by everyone from the lowest peasant to the emperor himself. A woman whose admirers…


Is it possible to separate the facts from the fiction?

Sometimes modern thinking can take the magic out of life. Think about all the great beliefs the ancient cultures held about gods and fantastic creatures, like unicorns and mermaids. Modern logic takes all of that and deflates it, passing it off as myth and fantasy. Take the Amazon women, for example. A group who were said to have the strength and courage to stand up to the best of men. They were even tough enough to oppose the likes of Heracles, Theseus, and Achilles. Aside from a once-a-year meeting to procreate, they had no use for men whatsoever.

They killed…

Nicol Valentin

Writer. Blogger. History lover who can’t stand boring facts. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Come visit at historyunfettered.com

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