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 Life of Fools

Called a jester, folly, fool, or wit; court entertainers have existed throughout history and throughout the world. The fools of medieval and renaissance England were musicians, story-tellers, comedians, jugglers, and acrobats.

The Pirate Queen

Sayyida al-Hurra became Queen of Tétouan (present day northern Morocco) when her husband, the king, died in 1515. After her husband’s death she agreed to marry the king of Morocco, Ahmed al-Wattasi, but insisted that he travel to her, signifying that their marriage would not change her intent to rule.

The Nun Shogun

Famously known as the “nun” shogun, Hōjō Masako fell in love with Minamoto Yoritomo when he was exiled from the capital by enemies of his family. Masako married the future shogun and then aided in his rise to power.