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Thorvald Eiriksson: The Lesser Known Brother of Leif Erikson

The story of Thorvald Eiriksson is incomplete without talking about the Icelandic Saga. Written in the 13th and 14th centuries, the saga is a collection of histories describing Norsemen’s settlement of Iceland and Greenland in the 10th and 11th centuries. Although many historians have claimed that the sagas are unreliable. Eirik Thorvaldsson, commonly known as …

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The Habsburg Jaw: Inbreeding and European Royalty

The Habsburgs (spelled Hapsburg as an Americanization) were one of Europe’s most powerful governing dynasties, dominating from the 13th century through 1918.  Austria, Bohemia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Slovenia, were once part of the monarchy’s extensive empire, as were considerable sections of Poland, Romania, and Italy. Although their dominance in Spain began in 1516, the …

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