The story of William Shakespeare begins with his birth on April 23, 1564. He was born to a Catholic family in a time when Queen Mary I of England was doing her best to convince the entire country to support the Catholic Church. But when Shakespeare turned 4 years old, a new Queen sat down on her throne – and under her rule Catholics (include Shakespeare’s parents) would be treated very differently
She was born on September 7, 1553 to King Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon. Life may have started out pleasantly enough, living in the royal palace with her father the King – but things wouldn’t stay so pleasant for long.
You may know the name Queen Elizabeth, but perhaps you've wondered, "What's so great about her?”
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Most people today know George Washington because his head is on the money we use and because there are memorials to him across the country (including his face on Mt. Rushmore and the towering Washington Monument in Washington D.C.). There are counties and cities named after him, and children hear almost unbelievable stories about this impressive man.
You may know Washington’s name, but perhaps
Born as “Tutankhaten, King Tut is remembered for many reasons. During his reign as Pharaoh he made the difficult decision to publically disagree with his father and to undo many of the changes that Amenhotep IV had made during his rule (including making Amarna the capital city). Tutankhaten would also try to reestablish the friendships with surrounding nations that his father had ignored and to s
His name is one of the most recognizable in the history of classical music. He learned much from the musicians that came before him, and he inspired generations of musicians after him. His work with the piano and strings was revolutionary at the time, and it continues to stun and amaze people today. You could listen to hours of his music, and still only scrape the tip of the iceberg.
His name w
The common image that most of us have of Johnny Appleseed is a man skipping down the road with a tin pot on his head, an old coffee sack for clothing, carrying nothing but a leather bag full of apple seeds. We imagine him alongside riverbanks planting trees that would produce ripe, juicy apples for pies and snacks. We see him sort of just wandering around, traveling from one place to another with
If you ever study music, chances are that you will end up hearing the name “Chopin” somewhere along the line. The Polish composer is one of the most famous musicians of all time, and throughout his life he penned absolutely beautiful music that is still popular today. Frederic Chopin wrote music that today is considered part of the classical genre.
You may know Chopin ‘s name, but perhaps you'v
Marco Polo’s sense of wonder started when he was young. As a child growing up in the streets of Venice, Italy, his imagination often turned to Asia and to what might be going on there. Little did he know that soon he would be traveling to that mysterious continent personally. You may know his name, but perhaps you've wondered, "What's so great about him?"
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