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IS OWNING A HAREM REALLY A MAN’S ULTIMATE PARADISE?

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WAS THIS HISTORY’S WICKEDEST WOMAN?

When  people think of bad, bad women they perhaps think of Isabella the First – the woman who commissioned Torquemada – or Bloody Queen Mary, the scourge of Protestant England. Few people have heard of Hürrem Haseki Sultan, or Roxelana, … Continue reading

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FEODORA, THE FIRST FEMINIST

Her father trained bears; her mother danced bare. Yet she grew up to marry an Emperor and become one of the most renowned and respected women in history. Her name was Theodora.

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HOW TO LIVE 23 YEARS LONGER

If you ask most men if they’d like to live another twenty years most would say yes. Or would they? In a recent edition of Current Biology, a study of 81 court eunuchs from Korea’s Chosun Dynasty between 1392 and … Continue reading

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KEN LEE – THE SECOND MOST POPULAR MAN ON THE INTERNET

Let me be straight from the get-go; I am no fan of Mariah Carey. I was horrified when she took to Nilsson’s seventies ballad ‘Without You’ and butchered it, in my opinion, with her vocal calisthenics. But now there’s a … Continue reading

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LIFE IN AN OTTOMAN HAREM

You are young and you are beautiful. You have been captured by the Turks after your Balkan city succumbed to a long siege. Your father and brothers are dead. You are terrified you will now be raped and murdered.  EUNUCH … Continue reading

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FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS – IN THE HAREM

It may be nearly Christmas but it was a Turkish harem that excited most of the comment this week.  I asked the question: was Hurrem Hasseki, Suleiman the Magnificent’s queen, the worst woman in history? Lisa rightly pointed out that … Continue reading

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Was this history’s worst woman?

When  people think of bad, bad women they perhaps think of Isabella the First – the woman who commissioned Torquemada – or Bloody Queen Mary, the scourge of Protestant England. Few people have heard of Hürrem Haseki Sultan, or Roxelana, … Continue reading

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IS HISTORY A THING OF THE PAST?

According to a recent report in the UK, only 30% of state school children are choosing to study history beyond the age of 14.  It either doesn’t interest them or they don’t see its relevance. As a writer of historical … Continue reading

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