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A portrait of Diana and Unity Mitford.

Fascism and Literature: The Paradoxical Legacy of the Mitford Sisters

Delve into the captivating world of the Mitford Sisters, an aristocratic family whose lives were marked by scandal, political extremes, and literary brilliance. From their privileged upbringing to their controversial associations, discover the enduring legacy of these enigmatic women and their lasting impact on history and culture.

Finnish soldier Aimo Koivunen fleeing Russian soldiers during World War Two.

Aimo Koivunen: The Soldier Saved by Crystal Meth

On patrol during World War Two, Finnish soldier Aimo Koivunen was given a bottle of amphetamine tablets to energize his platoon. When escaping a Russian assault, he fell behind and frantically ingested around 30 pills at once. The ensuing experience was utterly unforgettable.

Oil painting of Nicola de la Haye. Sheriff of Lincolnshire and Castellan of Lincoln Castle in 12th century England.

Nicola de la Haye – “The Woman Who Saved England”

Nicola de la Haye, a remarkable woman in a male-dominated era, fearlessly defended Lincoln Castle during two sieges, ultimately changing the course of the First Barons’ War. She showed exceptional military leadership and steadfast defense of her people, securing victory for King Henry III with her loyalty and strategic brilliance.

Maria Rasputin during her cabaret years in Budapest.

Maria Rasputin: Ballet, Bears, and Bolsheviks

Maria Rasputin, daughter of the infamous “Mad Monk,” journeyed from Russian royal courts to American shipyards. She navigated tragedy, fame, and hardship with resilience, leaving an extraordinary legacy entwined with the tumultuous history of her time.