While I did know that the Vikings did not have horns on their helmets, I was not aware that there were female gladiators in ancient Rome. A gladiatrix (I’ve never even heard the word before) was rare and was, generally, a thrill-seeker from the upper classes.
- Queen Victoria’s first name was Alexandrina.
- Napoleon was not short. He was 5’6 to 5’7, which was average for a man of his time.
- Lady Godiva did not ride through the streets of Coventry in the nude.
- The Pythagorean Theorem predates Pythagoras.
But, mostly, I learned about the misconceptions that I didn’t even know existed (and, thus, more about history in general). For example, King Cnut, an 11th century ruler, did not try to hold back the tide to prove that he was all powerful. That was just a bunch of bad PR, written about him after his time had passed. (Not surprised! History is a lot of PR.) And Dr. Livingstone did not get lost in the Congo. And who is Mrs. Beeton?
P.S. I will be giving away this book…check back on May 15th.