Married to the Mongolian Manduul Khan at the age of 18, Mandukhai was widowed soon after, when her husband was poisoned in 1479. In the midst of the resulting instability, she found one of the great Genghis Khan’s descendants, a young boy who had been hidden away for his own safety.
When Justinian I, nephew of the current Byzantine emperor, met Theodora she was an actress, prostitute, wool-spinner, and had just returned from a spiritual experience in the desert. The two were an unlikely match and Justinian had several laws changed to allow their marriage, which occurred in 525.
Faustin Wirkus was working in the coal mines of Pennsylvania when the promise of adventure called him to join the US Marines. Stationed in Haiti, he was enthralled by a tiny island off the coast called La Gonâve and applied to be stationed at the tiny outpost.