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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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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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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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Saint Anselm of Canterbury

Anselm of Canterbury, Saint. Article #16. Vol 1, pg 434. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109) was born in Italy, but found his way to France, where he eventually became the abbot of the monastery of Bec.  He later became Archbishop of Canterbury, … Continue reading

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Aleksandr Mikhaylovich, Prince Gorchakov

Gorchakov, Aleksandr Mikhaylovich, Prince. Article #13. Vol 5, pg 368. It happened like this.  It’s 1856 and the Russians have just gotten their butts kicked in the Crimean War.  Arguably, given the casualty lists, everybody got their butts kicked.  (More dead on … Continue reading

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