Before compasses, Vikings navigated the ocean using birds, whales, celestial bodies, chants and rhymes.
Two chapters in the Bible, 2 kings 19 and Isaiah 37, are alike almost word for word.
Peter the Great of Russia was almost 7 feet tall.
Louis XIV owned 413 beds.
Louis XIV of France, the Sun King, had Jewish blood. It came to him through the bloodline of the Aragons of Spain, to whom he was related.
King George I of England couldn't speak a word of English. His native tongue was German (he came from Hanover, Germany); he communicated with his cabinet in French.
Jahangir, a seventeenth-century Indian Mughal ruler, had 5,000 women in his harem and 1,000 young boys. He also owned 12,000 elephants.
In the harem of Mughal kings in India, ladies of royal blood changed their garments several times a day and never put them on again. The once-used costumes were given to the slaves.
Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boleyn, had six fingers on one hand. She wore special gloves all her life to hide her deformity.
Every queen named Jane has either been murdered, imprisoned, gone mad, died young, or been dethroned.