Suleiman’s Legacy

Suleiman the Magnificent (1494-1566) was an Ottoman sultan, who presided over the “Golden Age” of the Ottoman Empire. Under his rule, the Ottoman Empire was the World’s strongest and wealthiest superpower. Besides personally leading many battles, including the famous siege of Vienna, he was a patron of the arts.

The man who slept his way to the throne

Stanisław II August (1732-1798) was the last King and Grand Duke of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (1764–95). Born into a Polish noble family he received a great education and traveled all over Europe. In 1756, he visited St. Petersburg, Russia and met the future Russian Empress Yekaterina Alexeyevna (later known as Catherine the Great).

The Kingdom of Kongo and Portugal

The Kingdom of Kongo was a powerful state in West Africa, covering parts of todays Angola and Democratic Republic of Kongo. It existed from c. 1390 to 1891.