The Origin of Echo

The English word “echo” came into use around the 14th century and comes from a Greek tale of unrequited love. After getting in the middle of personal business between Zeus and Hera, the nymph Echo was cursed to only be able to repeat the last words she heard someone say.

The Princes and the Tower

The case of the missing princes is one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in the whole of Great Britain’s long and storied history. Upon the death of their father, King Edward IV, 12-year-old Prince Edward V and his 9-year-old brother Richard were lodged in the Tower of London to await the elder brother’s coronation.

The Pointy-Toed Men

First seen in the 12th century, and reappearing in the 15th century, the fashion of pointy toed shoes was one that was strongest among men and upper classes.

The First Dunce

John Duns Scotus (c. 1266-1308) was a Scottish philosopher and theologian who left behind a large body of work on a myriad of philosophical and religious topics when he died in 1308. As a theologian, he was one of the most important of his era. However, perhaps his most lasting legacy comes simply from his name.