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 …

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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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A tomb now suffices him for whom the world was not enough. — epitaph on the tomb of Alexander the Great Kings who conquer huge swathes of the known world before they are in their mid-thirties generally don’t die outside of battle, so it should come as no surprise that the rumors of poisoning began …

  • June 9, 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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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 …

  • April 30, 2021
  • Culture , Folklore
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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
  • Albania
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On 1 March 1906 Austria-Hungary decided they had enough of what they considered Serbia‚Äôs perfidy and decided to hit the Balkan country back where it would hurt – by denying Serbian products entry into the Austro-Hungarian market.¬† This decree hit one economic sector in particular, and it is that sector that gave this crisis its …

  • February 16, 2021
  • Bulgaria , Serbia
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When King Cetshwayo died on 8 February 1884, the circumstances were suspicious. ¬†Officially his death was due to a heart attack, but not even the British ¬†representatives who observed his autopsy could agree on whether or not the last independent king of the Zulu had been poisoned. Cetshwayo’s life was remarkable in many ways. ¬†His …

  • February 8, 2021
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It takes a great man to turn a Duchy into a Kingdom, and for the medieval Bosnia and Herzegovina that man was Tvrtko I. Not that the lead up to his crowning was uneventful or easy; on the contrary, Tvrtko overcame enormous odds sandwiched between two great powers to wrest away the wild and mountainous …

  • October 26, 2020
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