The Secret Peasant Book Club

In the countryside near 1500s Venice, most people were illiterate – but not all. A small number of literate peasants swapped books amongst themselves. Some of the books were forbidden. One miller was hauled before the Inquisition, not for reading banned books, but for developing his own theology from them that existed outside the bounds of Christianity. […]

The Lavish High Society of 1888 Vienna

In 1888, the Austro-Hungarian empire was in its decadent final decades. In Vienna, the capital, baroque splendor was on full display. Yet while ‘baroque’ can mean glitzy and overwrought, it also refers to an artistic style then over a century out of date. And that’s late 1800s Vienna: a cultural Mecca that was also the […]

The Court of the Khan

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The Point Lake Diamond Rush: Spy vs. Spy

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The Hungarian Crown Heist

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The Bishop-Rumors of Notker the Stammerer

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The Holy Crown of Hungary

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Zhang Xi and the Plot That Wasn’t

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The Lies of Leopold

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David Alroy, the Wizard-Messiah

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1936 Olympics in Berlin

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PCs on the Battlefield- Caesar’s Wars (Part 2)

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The Secret Basque Fishing Grounds

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Stealing Tea From China

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Spying on English Slavers

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