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From Voltaire's Remarques sur l'histoire de Charles XII

Yesterday I stumbled upon an interesting pericope in Voltaire’s Remarques sur l’histoire de Charles XII. It concerns an assassination that almost happened, but was averted when the would-be victim, the Polish Count Poniatowski, having learned of his impending murder by men pretending to be drunks, contrived a welcome for his assassins that turned them from their plan. 437 more words


Inspirational quote

I’m not an activist; I don’t look for controversy. I’m not a political person, but I’m a person with compassion. I care passionately about equal rights. 134 more words


Book 3 is in the works!!

Hey everyone!

We thought we would update you on our writing.  We are working on book three in the What She Knew Trilogy, and the tentative title is “Brightest Dawn.”  K.R. 339 more words

Vatican Rejects Reports About Papal Assassination Plans

Italian press report has claimed that Islamist terrorists were preparing to assassinate Pope Francis – Vatican spokesman Lombardi: “The Vatican does not harbor special concerns in this direction” 224 more words

Sarajevo 1

I arrived in Bosnia & Herzegovina completely naive. Somehow, in my concentration on Rebecca West’s history of the region (up to the late 1930’s), I had placed the Bosnian War in a more remote past than a mere twenty years ago. 1,117 more words