History, as Alan Benett so famously put, is just one thing after another.
While I couldn’t agree with this more, I believe that the real lives of people throughout history are often forgotten.
They get lost in time, and their little quirks are often buried under myths and legends. Which ultimately get lost in translation.
Here are a few incredible facts about infamous figures from history that you probably didn’t know about.
Abe Lincoln had a voice that was described as “shrill”, “feminine”, and as having a strong country accent.
Casanova nearly slept with his own daughter.
The girl’s mother narrowly stopped it from happening… only to sleep with Casanova while said daughter was naked in the bed with them.
Genghis Khan killed a larger percentage of the world’s population than anyone in history, and he is also our most common ancestor. In short, he redesigned the world in his own image.
Before battle, Blackbeard would dress all in black, strap several pistols to his chest and put on a large black captain’s hat. Then, he would put slow burning fuses in his hair and beard. The fuses constantly sputtered and gave off smoke, which wreathed him in a perpetual greasy fog. He looked like a devil who had stepped right out of hell and onto a pirate ship and most of his victims simply surrendered their cargo rather than fight him. Blackbeard intimidated his opponents this way because it was good business: if they gave up without a fight, he could keep their ship and he lost fewer men.
I remember hearing somewhere that nobody knows Albert Einstein’s last words, because he spoke them in German, and the nurse didn’t know German.
Napoleon wasn’t that short. He was like 5’6″, but due to differences between an English foot and a French foot at the time he was described as 5’3″. The English propaganda kinda ran with it, so now most people remember him as tiny.