When the Dutch ate their prime minister

To understand the events that led ordinary Dutch citizens to partake in cannibalism, it is important to understand that it was during a period of unrest in not only the Netherlands, but also much of Europe. Both England and the Netherlands were making the gradual shift from monarchies to a more democratic means of selecting rulers.

The Gurkha soldiers

In 1814 the conflict between the British East India Company and the Kingdom of Nepal escalated into the Anglo-Nepalese war. Nepal lost after 2 years of fierce resistance, causing the British unexpected heavy casualties.

Spanish wine vs. English sailors

In 1625, the English commander Sir Edward Cecil (1572-1638) had set up a fleet of around 115 ships and over 15,000 seamen. The goal was the wealthy Spanish city of Cadiz. Once arriving at the bay of Cadiz, Cecil decided to attack Fort Puntel, which was supposedly protecting Cadiz.

Unhappy? Sell your husband or wife

Wife-selling and husband-selling were English customs which started around the end of the 17th century. When a man was unhappy with his wife, it was often only possible for the mega-rich to get a divorce.