Did You Know… Trial by Ordeal

Did you know that the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II (1194-1250 AD), was the first king to outlaw Trial by Ordeal as he thought they were nonsensical. Trial by Ordeal was a test administered to an accused party in the middle ages by a Court of Law to measure the innocence of the accused. It [...]

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Did You Know…Gilles de Rais, child Serial Killer

Did you know... on September 15 1440 Gilles de Montmorency-Laval, Baron de Rais, was taken into custody  along with two of his bodyservents for the murder of anywhere up to 400 children over the course of nine years. He was convicted of the murders using the testimonies of witnesses and the uncovered bodies of some [...]

Did You Know…Mt Vesuvius 

Did you know that on August 24 in 79 AD Mount Vesuvius unleashed its volcanic fury, destroying the towns of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae, and multiple others whilst killing thousands of people with its pyroclastic flows of searing gas and molten rock. Ironically the ash that covered the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum created an air tight seal [...]