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Was Queen Elizabeth I Really a Man?

Known as the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I expanded the empire, fought off rebellions and invasions, encouraged literacy and the arts and was much loved by her people. Yet, she never did the one thing expected of all monarchs, her most profound duty: to marry and produce an heir. Perhaps there was an undisclosed reason. Did she wear a neck ruff to hide an adam’s apple; heavy makeup to hide a five o’clock shadow? There have been many who believed so, foremost among them, Bram Stoker of Dracula fame. In 1910, Stoker published a non-fiction book called Famous Imposters, in which he recounted...

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The Riddle of the Sphinx

How old is the sphinx of Giza? Conventional archaeology credits its sculpting to the pharaoh Khafre, builder of the second largest of the Giza pyramids. The generally accepted date of construction is 2,500BCE, but is that correct? Is it possible the sphinx could be far older? Older even than Egyptian civilization itself? In photographs, the sphinx is stunning, as it is in person. But seeing it up close you get the feeling something isn’t quite right. And it isn’t. The head is too small for the body. The Egyptians were master sculptors. They knew proportion. They knew how to get it right....

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Egypt’s Heretic Pharaoh

Question: What was the world’s first monotheistic nation? Answer: Ancient Egypt. It’s true. Outside of egyptologists and egyptohiles such as myself, few people know the name of Akhenaten. But everybody knows his family. His chief wife and queen was the legendary beauty Nefertiti; his son-in-law (and probable son by a lesser wife) was Tutankhamen. This family was at the forefront of a revolution that shook the foundations of the Egyptian empire and Akhenaten was the instigator. Akhenaten worshipped a different kind of god. His god, known as Aten, was symbolized by the visible...

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