- Did you know that the battle of Stamford Bridge was lost by the Norse primarily because they had all taken their armour off, it being a bit of a warm day?
- That the Golden Horde which nearly conquered as far as Vienna in 1241 turned back because Ogedei, mongol ruler and son of Ghegiz Khan had died in a drinking game?
- That the Marquis de Sade managed to get himself transfered from the Bastille ten days before it was taken, and his papers weren't collected on the basis that they would be perfectly safe there?
- That Phillip II of France skived off from the Third Crusade with a belly ache, mostly as an excuse to nip back and steal Normandy while Richard I was out?
Friday, 7 January 2011
History is Funny Enough
At the moment I'm helping to write a sort of funny alternate history thing about how major historical events really happened. One of the curious things about it, however, is that often the real history is weird enough in its own right. For example: