Even the best laid plans for an assassination can go awry, as one of the most famous military commanders of the Middle Ages, Vlad III, realized when he attempted to cut off the Ottoman Empire at the head. ¬† The Night Attack at Targoviste came at the end of a particularly violent struggle between the …

  • June 18, 2021
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Anka Obrenovińá, who was also called Ana, was self-confident and fearless. ¬†She loved her last name and luxury. ¬†Because of her love of Viennese fashion, she was nicknamed “Anka Pomodarka”. ¬†She was killed in 1868 in the Topńćider forest during the assassination of Mihailo Obrenovińá, and it is little known that she tried to protect …

  • June 11, 2021
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The murder of the queen had been represented to me as a deed lawful and meritorious. ¬†— Anthony Babington, executed for his part in the Babington Plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I of England It’s a strange turn of events that when assassinations are discussed, the discussion rarely includes the Hungarian Queen Elizabeth of Bosnia; …

  • June 4, 2021
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Madagascar had a king. ¬†And then they didn’t. ¬†But maybe they still did. ¬†To this day no one is entirely sure. It begins with Madagascar’s Queen Ranavalona, who through bloody conquest managed to unite most of the island under her rule while also successfully keeping Europe at bay. ¬†The only problem was that to accomplish …

  • May 14, 2021
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My Dear Heart: Do not be too sorrowful and upset on account of this letter. ¬†God’s will be done. ¬†Tomorrow at ten they will cut off my head and your brother’s, too. ¬†Today we pardoned each other with all our heart. ¬†Therefor I ponder this letter and ask you for everlasting forgiveness. ¬†If I have …

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I have many sins and the merciful God will forgive me, but because I killed that woman with my own hand I’m afraid he will never! — Princess Ljubica on her deathbed. At the beginning of the 1800s Serbia began its heaviest push for independence from the Ottoman Empire. ¬†Two families dominated the fight on …

  • April 23, 2021
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Whether Geraldine Marget Virginia Olga Maria Apponyi de Nagy-Appony knew what she was getting into when she agreed to the quickly offered marriage proposal of the eccentric King Zog I of Albania ¬†could be discussed ad infinitum. ¬†When they married she did not speak Albanian, nor did she know much about the country… or her …

  • March 26, 2021
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