Category Archives: People

Baron Johan August Gripenstedt

Gripenstedt, Johan August, Friherre. Article #38. Vol 5, pg 505. Baron (Friherre) Johan August Gripenstedt (1813-1874) was a Swedish politician who served as Minister of Finance for ten years (1856-1866) and Member of Parliament for six years (1867-1873). Gripenstedt was a … Continue reading

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Samuel Kirkland

Kirkland, Samuel. Article #34. Vol 6, pg 890. Samuel Kirkland (1741-1808), was an American minister and missionary to the Iroquois before and during the American Revolutionary War.  He was a friend to the Oneida and Tuscarora nations and, working for General … Continue reading

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Felix Mottl

Mottl, Felix. Article #27. Vol 8, pg 369. Felix Mottl (1856-1911) was a Austrian conductor, best known for conducting the operas of Richard Wagner.  He was the conductor at the Karlsruhe Opera from 1882 to 1903.  While there, he was known … Continue reading

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Michael VIII Palaeologus (Byzantine Empire)

Michael VIII Palaeologus (Byzantine Empire). Article #26. Vol 8, pg 93. In the grand map of history, Michael VIII Palaeologus, Byzantine Emperor from 1261-1282 is a bit of a blip. From 324-1453 AD there were 93 Byzantine emperors, so we can be forgiven … Continue reading

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Johan Henrik Kellgren

Kellgren, Johan Henrik. Article #24. Vol 6, pg 789. Johan Henrik Kellgren (1751-1795) was a young Swedish poet with great hair, who got off to a great start when, at the age of 22, he wrote a series of erotic poems. … Continue reading

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James II (Great Britain)

James II (Great Britain). Article #22. Vol 6, pg 482. The Stuarts came to power in England when James I took the throne in 1603. He and son Charles I were big on the idea that the king had all the power, … Continue reading

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Jean de Muris

Muris, Jean de. Article #17. Vol 8, pg 431. Jean de Muris (1290-1351) was a French philosopher who was a champion for the new musical style of the 14th century.  He must have really been digging the new scene, because at … Continue reading

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