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Fred Beardsley

Fred Beardsley

Biography of Fred Beardsley

Paine, Thomas - History

Paine, Thomas - History

Paine, Thomas (1737-1809) Radical Writer: Born in England to an Episcopalian mother and a Quaker father, Paine drifted from occupation to occupation until he was 37 years old. At that point, after two marriages and several professions, he moved to America, bearing a letter of introduction from Benjamin Franklin, whom he had met in England.

Are there any documented examples of wooden ships which were in active service for 100 years or more? If not, what is the longest?

Are there any documented examples of wooden ships which were in active service for 100 years or more? If not, what is the longest?

I’ve found two examples (HMS Rupert at 103 years and HMS Warspite at 105 years, both launched in 1666) but I’m not sure if these should qualify as they were rebuilt, and the Wikipedia entry on HMS…

Wang Cong'er: A Famous Female Warrior and Leader in the White Lotus Society

Wang Cong'er: A Famous Female Warrior and Leader in the White Lotus Society

Wang Cong’er was a woman who lived in China during the 18th century AD. She is best known for her role as a leader of the White Lotus Society.

Egyptian Tomb Dating To 4,400 Years Ago Has Hidden Shafts Which Might Hold The Treasures Of The 'Divine Inspector’

Egyptian Tomb Dating To 4,400 Years Ago Has Hidden Shafts Which Might Hold The Treasures Of The 'Divine Inspector’

The 4,400-year-old tomb is the next in a string of rare discoveries at the Saqqara pyramid complex in Egypt. A BBC article quotes Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, describing the find as “one of a kind in the last decades.”

To what extent is Polybius our best guide to Hellenistic history?

To what extent is Polybius our best guide to Hellenistic history?

EDIT TEST To call Polybius our best guide to Hellenistic history might be misleading for a few reasons. Firstly, Polybius' Histories are by no means perfect; for a start, as they have come down to...