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1. Amalric of Jerusalem – Amalric was King of Jerusalem from 1163, and Count of Jaffa and Ascalon before his accession. He was the son of Melisende and Fulk of Jerusalem. During his reign, Jerusalem became more closely allied with the Byzantine Empire, meanwhile, the Muslim territories surrounding Jerusalem began to be united under Nur ad-Din and later Saladin. He was the father of three rulers of Jerusalem, Sibylla, Baldwin IV, and Isabella I. Now scholars recognize that the two names were not the same and no longer add the number for either king, confusion between the two names was common even among contemporaries. Amalric was born in 1136 to King Fulk, the count of Anjou who had married the heiress of the kingdom, Melisende. After the death of Fulk in a accident in 1143, the throne passed jointly to Melisende and Amalrics older brother Baldwin III. Melisende did not step down when Baldwin came of age two years later, and by 1150 the two were becoming increasingly hostile towards each other. In 1152 Baldwin had himself crowned king, and civil war broke out. Melisende was defeated in this struggle and Baldwin ruled alone thereafter, in 1153 Baldwin captured the Egyptian fortress of Ascalon, which was then added to Amalrics fief of Jaffa. Amalric married Agnes of Courtenay in 1157, Agnes, daughter of Joscelin II of Edessa, had lived in Jerusalem since the western regions of the former crusader County of Edessa were lost in 1150. Patriarch Fulcher objected to the marriage on grounds of consanguinity, as the two shared a great-great-grandfather, Guy I of Montlhéry, and it seems that they waited until Fulchers death to marry. Agnes bore Amalric three children, Sibylla, the future Baldwin IV, and Alix, who died in childhood, nevertheless, consanguinity was enough for the opposition. Amalric agreed and ascended the throne without a wife, although Agnes continued to hold the title Countess of Jaffa and Ascalon, Agnes soon thereafter married Hugh of Ibelin, to whom she had been engaged before her marriage with Amalric. The church ruled that Amalric and Agnes children were legitimate and preserved their place in the order of succession, through her children Agnes would exert much influence in Jerusalem for almost 20 years. During Baldwin IIIs reign, the County of Edessa, the first crusader state established during the First Crusade, was conquered by Zengi, Zengi united Aleppo, Mosul, and other cities of northern Syria, and intended to impose his control on Damascus in the south. The Second Crusade in 1148 had failed to conquer Damascus, which fell to Zengis son Nur ad-Din. Jerusalem also lost influence to Byzantium in northern Syria when the Empire imposed its suzerainty over the Principality of Antioch, Jerusalem thus turned its attention to Egypt, where the Fatimid dynasty was suffering from a series of young caliphs and civil warsAmalric of Jerusalem – Amalric
2. Robert Atkyns (topographer) – Sir Robert Atkyns was a topographer, antiquary, and Member of Parliament. He is best known for his county history, the Ancient and Present State of Gloucestershire, Sir Robert was born in 1647, the first son of Sir Robert Atkyns, chief baron of the Exchequer, and sometime speaker of the House of Lords. Robert was educated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and Lincolns Inn and he was called to the Bar in 1668 but did not practise. He was Deputy Receiver-General of Law Duties, Receiver-General, Comptroller, Commissioner for Assessment for Gloucestershire and he was knighted by Charles II on his visit to Bristol 5 Sep 1663. He was elected M. P. for the borough of Cirencester and he died at his house in Westminster of dysentery, at the age of sixty-five, and was buried at Sapperton, where his monument is preserved. He had married Louise, the daughter of Sir George Carteret of Hawnes and he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in November 1664. He is the author of the Ancient and Present State of Gloucestershire, London,1712. The first edition, now scarce, contains a portrait of the author by Van der Gucht, together with a series of views of seats in the county, drawn. References Sources This article incorporates text from a now in the public domain, AtkynsRobert Atkyns (topographer) – Effigy of Atkyns in St Kenelm's Church, Sapperton
3. Baldwin III of Jerusalem – Baldwin III was King of Jerusalem from 1143 to 1163. He was the eldest son of Melisende and Fulk of Jerusalem and he became king while still a child, and was at first overshadowed by his mother Melisende, whom he eventually defeated in a civil war. During his reign Jerusalem became more closely allied with the Byzantine Empire, Baldwin captured the important Egyptian fortress of Ascalon, but also had to deal with the increasing power of Nur ad-Din in Syria. He died childless and was succeeded by his brother Amalric, Baldwin III was born in 1130, during the reign of his maternal grandfather Baldwin II, one of the original crusaders. This made him the third generation to rule Jerusalem, Baldwins mother Princess Melisende was heiress to her father, Baldwin II King of Jerusalem. Baldwin IIIs father was Fulk of Anjou, the former Count of Anjou, King Baldwin II died at the age of 60 when his grandson was a year old, which led to a power struggle between Melisende and Fulk. Melisende asserted her right to rule as successor to her father, yet Baldwin showed little interest in the intricacies of governance. In the Muslim world, Zengi ruled northern Syria from the cities of Mosul and Aleppo, in 1144, Zengi captured Edessa, which shocked the Western world and led to the Second Crusade. This crusade did not reach Jerusalem until 1148, and in the meantime Zengi was assassinated in 1146 and he was succeeded by his son Nur ad-Din, who was just as eager to bring Damascus under his control. To counter this, Jerusalem and Damascus had made an alliance for their mutual protection, Baldwin marched out from Jerusalem and attempted to capture the Muslim fortress Bosra, but Nur ad-Din arrived with his army and forced the Crusaders to withdraw. Later, Jerusalems truce with Damascus was restored, in 1148 the crusade finally arrived in Jerusalem, led by Louis VII of France, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Conrad III of Germany. Damascus was also considered important in the history of Christianity than Aleppo. Baldwin agreed to the plan to attack Damascus, but the siege ended in defeat after only four days. The city fell under Nur ad-Dins control in 1154, and the loss of a Muslim counterweight to Nur ad-Din was a diplomatic disaster, by 1149 the crusaders had returned to Europe, leaving behind a weakened Jerusalem. Nur ad-Din took advantage of the defeat to invade Antioch. Baldwin III hurried north to take up the regency of the principality, raymonds wife, Constance, was Baldwins cousin through his mother and heiress of Antioch by right of her father. Baldwin unsuccessfully tried to marry her to an ally, also in the north, Baldwin was unable to help defend Turbessel, the last remnant of the County of Edessa, and was forced to cede it to Byzantine emperor Manuel I Comnenus in August 1150. He evacuated Turbessels Latin Christian residents despite being attacked by Nur ad-Din in the Battle of Aintab, in 1152 Baldwin and his mother were called to intervene in a dispute between Baldwins aunt Hodierna of Tripoli and her husband Count Raymond IIBaldwin III of Jerusalem – Baldwin III
4. James Barry (surgeon) – Dr James Miranda Steuart Barry, was a military surgeon in the British Army, born in Ireland. After graduation from the University of Edinburgh Medical School, Barry served first in Cape Town, South Africa, by the end of Barrys career, he had risen to the rank of Inspector General in charge of military hospitals. In his/her travels, Barry not only improved conditions for wounded soldiers, among his accomplishments was the first caesarean section in Africa by a British surgeon in which both the mother and child survived the operation. Although Barry lived his adult life as a man, he was born anatomically female. Depending on historic interpretation, Barry might be considered either the first medically qualified British woman or the first medically qualified British transgender person. In the case of the former, Barry would precede Elizabeth Garrett Anderson as the first British woman qualified to practice as a doctor by over 50 years. In the case of the latter, he would precede Michael Dillon as the first British transgender medical doctor by over 100 years, other than some personal correspondence, there are few good sources of information about the non-military parts of Barrys life. They provide a skeleton onto which much of myth and speculation has been added by various commentators, in their well-researched biography, du Preez and Dronfield state that Barry was born in Cork in 1789. This birth date is based on Mrs Bulkleys description of her child as being fifteen years old in a letter dated 14 January 1805. Once he began presenting himself as a man, Barry pretended to be younger than he was, which has lead various commentators to give dates of 1792,1795. Barry was the child born to Jeremiah and Mary-Ann Bulkley. At birth, Barry was named Margaret Anne, the childs mother was the sister of James Barry, a celebrated Irish artist and professor of painting at Londons Royal Academy. Jeremiah Bulkley ran the house on Merchants Quay Cork. However, Anti-catholic sentiment led to him being dismissed from this post and this and subsequent financial mismanagement left Mary-Ann and Margaret Bulkley without the support of either Jeremiah Bulkley or later the Bulkleys married son John. A third child appeared in the Bulkley family and was named Juliana, a conspiracy was developed between Mary-Ann Bulkley and some of her late brothers influential, liberal-minded friends to get the teenage Margaret into medical school. The University of Edinburgh was chosen and Mary-Ann and Margaret boarded a Leith smack on 30 November 1809. This was the first day that the formerly known as Margaret Anne Bulkley became James Barry nephew of the late James Barry RA the Irish romantic painter. Barry never again wore womens clothes, opting to spend his remaining 56 years of life as a man, although the letter was signed by Barry, the solicitor wrote on the back of the envelope Miss Bulkley,14 DecemberJames Barry (surgeon) – Dr James Barry (left) with John, a servant, and his dog Psyche, c. 1862, Jamaica
5. Jacques Nicolas Billaud-Varenne – Jacques Nicolas Billaud-Varenne, also known as Jean Nicolas, was a French personality of the Revolutionary period. Though not one of the most well known figures of the French Revolution, Billaud-Varenne climbed his way up the ladder of power during the period of The Terror, becoming a member of the Committee of Public Safety. He was recognized and worked with French Revolution figures Georges Danton and Maximilien Robespierre, no, we will not step backward, our zeal will only be smothered in the tomb, either the Revolution will triumph or we will all die. Billaud-Varenne was born in La Rochelle as the son of a lawyer to the parlement of Paris, since both his grandfather and father were lawyers, and he was the first son in his direct family, Varenne was guaranteed a solid education and the same profession. Billaud-Varenne was educated at the College of Oratorians of Niort and took Philosophy at La Rochelle and his education at Niort was particularly important in shaping his character because its methods of teaching were uncommon to the revolution. At Niort, modernity and tolerance were emphasized, as opposed to overbearing, Billaud-Varenne was also sent to Oratory school at Juilly, where he later became a professor when he felt dissatisfied with practicing law. He then went to Paris, married and bought a position as lawyer in the parlement, in early 1789 he published at Amsterdam a three-volume work on the Despotisme des ministres de la France, and he adopted with enthusiasm the principles of the Revolution. Joining the Jacobin Club, Billaud-Varenne became, from 1790, one of the most violent anti-Royalist orators, after the flight to Varennes of King Louis XVI, he published a pamphlet, LAcéphocratie, in which he demanded the establishment of a federal republic. On 1 July, in speech at the Jacobin Club, he spoke of a republic. But when he repeated his demand for a republic a fortnight later, on the night of 10 August 1792 he was elected one of the deputy-commissioners of the sections who shortly afterwards became the general council of the Paris Commune. He was accused of having been an accomplice in the September Massacres in the Abbaye prison, at the trial of Louis XVI he added new charges to the accusation, proposed to refuse counsel to the king, and voted for death within 24 hours. On 15 July he made a violent speech in the Convention in accusation of the Girondists, sent in August as representative on mission to the départements of the Nord and of Pas-de-Calais, he showed himself inexorable to all suspects. Meanwhile, he published Les Éléments du républicanisme, in which he demanded a division of property among the citizens, becoming concerned about his own safety, he turned against Robespierre, whom he attacked on 8 Thermidor as a moderate and a Dantonist. Surprised by the Thermidorian Reaction, he denounced its partisans to the Jacobin Club and he was then attacked himself in the Convention for his ruthlessness, and a commission was appointed to examine his conduct and that of some other members of the former Committee of Public Safety. After Napoleon Bonapartes 18 Brumaire coup, he refused the pardon offered by the French Consulate, in 1816 he left Guiana, went to New York City for a few months, and finally took refuge in Port-au-Prince, where he died of dysentery. Despotisme des ministres de France, combattu par les droits de la Nation, par les loix fondamentales, Mémoires écrits au Port-au-Prince en 1818, contenant la relation de ses voyages et aventures dans le Mexique, depuis 1815 jusquen 1817. Billaud Varenne membre du comité de salut public, Mémoires inédits et Correspondance, accompagnés de notices biographiques sur Billaud Varenne et Collot dHerbois, Paris, Librairie de la Nouvelle Revue,1893. Attribution This article incorporates text from a now in the public domain, Chisholm, Hugh, ed. Billaud-VarenneJacques Nicolas Billaud-Varenne – Billaud-Varenne portraited by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, c. 1790 (Dallas Museum of Art)
6. Geoffrey of Briel – Geoffrey of Briel, in older literature Geoffrey of Bruyères, was a French knight and the third lord of the Barony of Karytaina in the Principality of Achaea, in Frankish Greece. He led a colourful and turbulent life, narrated in detail in the Chronicle of the Morea and he was pardoned both times, but henceforth held his title as a gift of the Prince. He died childless in 1275, and the Barony of Karytaina was split up, Geoffrey was the son of Hugh of Briel and Alice of Villehardouin, a daughter of the Prince of Achaea, Geoffrey I of Villehardouin. The family, which hailed from Briel-sur-Barse in the French province of Champagne, is named in the sources, e. g. Brieres or Prieres, Bruières, Briers. Geoffreys father inherited the Barony of Karytaina sometime around 1222 from his brother, the Barony was the third largest in the Principality of Achaea, counting 22 knights fiefs and being responsible for keeping watch over the rebellious inhabitants of the mountainous Skorta area. Geoffrey was born in Greece, possibly in Karytaina, soon after his fathers arrival there, Hugh of Briel died in early 1238, not yet forty years old, and was succeeded by the young Geoffrey. The Chronicle credits Geoffrey with the construction of the castle of Karytaina, Geoffrey enjoyed a high reputation as a warrior, and was deemed to be the best knight in the Morea. According to the Aragonese version of the Chronicle he maintained a school of chivalry at the castle Karytaina, Geoffrey married Isabella de la Roche, daughter of the Great Lord of Athens and Thebes, Guy I de la Roche. Later, however, he sided with his father-in-law Guy de la Roche, William however prevailed in the Battle of Karydi in 1258, and a parliament was assembled at Nikli to judge the defeated lords. Geoffrey was pardoned by the Prince and his lands returned. In 1259, Geoffrey participated in the army that joined the Achaean–Epirote–Sicilian alliance opposing the Empire of Nicaea. The allied forces, riven by distrust between the Latins and the Epirote Greeks, were dealt a defeat in the Battle of Pelagonia. Prince William and most of his barons, including Geoffrey, were captured in the aftermath of the battle, after William agreed, Geoffrey was released in order to convey the emperors proposals to the nobles of the Principality. A parliament was again held in Nikli, in the presence of Geoffrey, Guy de la Roche. The captive lords were represented by their wives, whereby this assembly became known as the Parliament of Ladies, the surrender of the fortresses began a long period of conflict between the Greeks of the reconstituted Byzantine Empire and the forces of the Principality for control of the Morea. Prince William was absolved by the Pope of his oaths to Palaiologos and his absence allowed the inhabitants of Skorta to rise up and aid the Byzantine troops in their offensive, which was halted by the same John of Katavas in the Battle of Prinitsa. Geoffrey was again deprived of his barony for this act, but was pardoned and restored to it on his return, Geoffrey is mentioned again in the campaigns of the early 1270s, when Palaiologos sent a new commander to the Morea, Alexios Doukas Philanthropenos. In 1270, Geoffrey and his neighbour, the Baron of Akova, the Latin force raided the Byzantine holdings in Laconia, but Philanthropenos avoided being drawn into a pitched battleGeoffrey of Briel – View of Karytaina and its castle
7. Frances Xavier Cabrini – She was the first naturalized citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church, on July 7,1946. Sadly, only four of the thirteen survived beyond adolescence, small and weak as a child, born two months premature, she remained in delicate health throughout her life. At thirteen Francesca attended a school run by the Daughters of the Sacred Heart, five years later she graduated cum laude, with a teaching certificate. After the deaths of her parents in 1870, she applied for admission to the congregation of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart at Arluno. These sisters were her former teachers but reluctantly, they told her she was too frail for their life and she became the headmistress of the House of Providence orphanage in Codogno, where she taught, and drew a small community of women to live a religious way of life. Cabrini took religious vows in 1877 and added Xavier to her name to honor the Jesuit saint, Francis Xavier, in November 1880, she and six other women who had taken religious vows with her founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Cabrini composed the Rule and Constitutions of the institute. The sisters took in orphans and foundlings, opened a day school to pay expenses, started classes in needlework. The institute established seven homes and a school and nursery in its first five years. Its good works brought Cabrini to the attention of Giovanni Scalabrini, Bishop of Piacenza, in September 1877, Cabrini went to seek approval of the pope to establish missions in China. Instead, he suggested to her that she go to the United States to help the Italian immigrants who were flooding to that nation in that era, not to the East, but to the West was his advice. Cabrini left for the United States, arriving in New York City on March 31,1889 and she encountered disappointment and difficulties at every step. Archbishop Michael Corrigan, who was not immediately supportive, found them housing at the convent of the Sisters of Charity and she obtained the permission of the archbishop to found an orphanage, which is located in West Park, New York today and is known as Saint Cabrini Home. Cabrini organized catechism and education classes for the Italian immigrants and provided for the needs of the many orphans and she established schools and orphanages despite tremendous odds. She was as resourceful as she was prayerful, finding people who would donate what she needed in money, time, labor, in New York City, she founded Columbus Hospital and Italian Hospital. In the 1980s, they were merged into Cabrini Medical Center, in Chicago, the sisters opened Columbus Extension Hospital in the heart of the city’s Italian neighborhood on the Near West Side. Both hospitals eventually closed near the end of the 20th century and their foundress’ name lives on in Chicagos Cabrini Street. Long after her death, the Missionary Sisters would achieve Cabrinis goal of being missionaries to China, in only a short time, after much social and religious upheaval there, the Sisters left China and, subsequently, a Siberian placementFrances Xavier Cabrini – St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, M.S.C.
8. Fruto Chamorro – Born in Guatemala City in 1804 to Bayardo Paez, he was initially known as Fruto Pérez. His father, Pedro José Chamorro Argüello, had come to Guatemala from Nicaragua for graduate studies, Fruto grew up in Guatemala and attended school there. His father returned to Nicaragua after completing his studies and married Josefa Margarita Alfaro Monterroso in 1814 and he was acknowledged by his father shortly before the latters death in 1824, and his stepmother insisted he use the name Fruto Chamorro Pérez. The death of his father forced Fruto to leave his studies and go to Nicaragua to assume responsibility for the family and his half brothers and sisters, Pedro Joaquín, Dionisio, Carmen, Mercedes and Fernando grew under his guardianship. Frutos father was one of the founders of the Conservative Party of Nicaragua and he was committed to the Conservative cause and became an activist of the Party. In 1836, he became a representative in the State Assembly, from 1839 to 1842, he was a Senator of the State of Nicaragua. In 1842, an attempt was made to reestablish a union of Central American states as the Central American Confederation and it was to include El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In 1843, Fruto Chamorro was appointed Supreme Director of the Confederation junta, however, Guatemala withdrew, and Fruto was instrumental in preventing a war over the decision. The nascent Confederation collapsed in 1844, in 1845, Fruto Chamorro was appointed Prefect and Military Governor of the Department of Granada, and Minister of the Treasury. In November 1851, during the administration of Supreme Director Laureano Pineda, Fruto Chamorro himself became Supreme Director of Nicaragua on 1 April 1853. Almost immediately and with support of the oligarchy, he transferred the government headquarters to Granada. In March, Fruto Chamorro relinquished his title as Supreme Director and with acquiescence of the Assembly and they initiated a civil war by establishing their own government in León in May 1854, with the support of the governments of Honduras and El Salvador. A force under the command of General Máximo Jerez was sent to besiege Granada, in preparation for the siege, President Chamorro placed himself at the headquarters of the Army and left executive authority with his deputy, José María Estrada. His defenses for Granada were successful and subsequent attacks failed to take the city, a victim of dysentery, Fruto Chamorro died at his hacienda outside Granada on 12 March 1855. A few months later, the city was taken in an attack by the filibuster William Walker. He was married to Mercedes Avilés, Nicaragua America Central, Presidents Genealogia Familia Chamorro, por El Dr. Emilio Alvarez Lejarza, Talleres Tipograficos y Litograficos de la Editorial Catolica, S. A. Managua, Nic. -C. A. Recorrido Historico de las Principales Figuras de la Familia Chamorro, Emilio Alvarez Lejarza, Revista Consevadora del Pensamiento Centroamericano, Vol. XIX - No.91Fruto Chamorro – President Fruto Chamorro Pérez
9. Thomas Coryat – Thomas Coryat was an English traveller and writer of the late Elizabethan and early Jacobean age. He is principally remembered for two volumes of writings he left regarding his travels, often on foot, through Europe and he is often credited with introducing the table fork to England, with Furcifer becoming one of his nicknames. His description of how the Italians shielded themselves from the sun resulted in the umbrella being introduced into English. Coryat was born in Crewkerne, Somerset, and lived most of his life in the Somerset village of Odcombe and he was educated at Winchester College from 1591, and at Gloucester Hall, Oxford from 1596 to 1599. He was employed by Prince Henry, eldest son of James I as a sort of court jester from 1603 to 1607, alongside Ben Jonson, John Donne, from May to October 1608 he undertook a tour of Europe, somewhat less than half of which he walked. He travelled through France and Italy to Venice, and returned via Switzerland, Germany and he published his memoirs of the events in a volume entitled Coryats Crudities hastily gobbled up in Five Months Travels in France, Italy, &c. This volume gives a picture of life in Europe during the time. In 1611 he published a volume of travel writings, this one entitled Coryats Crambe. Coryats letters from this time refer to the famous Mermaid Tavern in London, in September 1617, at the invitation of Sir Thomas Roe, he visited the imperial court at Mandu, Madhya Pradesh. In November 1617 he left for Surat, he died of dysentery there in December of that year, though his planned account of the journey was never to be, some of his unorganized travel notes have survived and found their way back to England. Coryats writings were popular at the time. He is considered by many to have been the first Briton to do a Grand Tour of Europe, british travel writer and humorist Tim Moore retraced the steps of Coryats tour of Europe, as recounted in his book Continental Drifter. In 2008 Daniel Allen published an account of his nine-month cycle trip following Coryates journey to the East, entitled The Sky Above, lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler spoke at the Australian Festival of Travel Writing about Thomas Coryate. Wheeler traces Coryate’s journey as he observes the invention of leisure travel, http, //www. wheelercentre. com/broadcasts/tony-wheeler-thomas-coryate-the-first-tourist/ John Sandford William Stansby Adams, Percy G. Travel Literature and the Evolution of the Novel. Allen, Daniel The Sky Above, The Kingdom Below, ISBN 1-905791-30-5 Chaney, Edward, Thomas Coryate, The Grove-Macmillan Dictionary of Art. Chaney, Edward, The Evolution of the Grand Tour, 2nd ed, Routledge, ISBN 0-7146-4474-9 Moraes, Dom and Sarayu Srivatsa. The Long Strider, How Thomas Coryate Walked From England to India in the Year 1613, Moore, Tim The Grand Tour, St. Martins Press, New York,2001. Philadelphia, U of Pennsylvania P,1942, petroski, Henry, The evolution of useful things, New York, Alfred A. Knopf, ISBN 978-0-6797-4039-1 Pritchard, R. EThomas Coryat – Thomas Coryat
10. Francis Drake – Sir Francis Drake, vice admiral was an English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, and politician of the Elizabethan era. With his incursion into the Pacific he inaugurated an era of privateering, Elizabeth I of England awarded Drake a knighthood in 1581. He was second-in-command of the English fleet against the Spanish Armada in 1588 and he died of dysentery in January 1596 after unsuccessfully attacking San Juan, Puerto Rico. His exploits made him a hero to the English but a pirate to the Spaniards, King Philip II was said to have offered a reward of 20,000 ducats, about £4 million by modern standards, for his life. Francis Drake was born in Tavistock, Devon, England, although his birth is not formally recorded, it is known that he was born while the Six Articles were in force. Drake was two and twenty when he obtained the command of the Judith and this would date his birth to 1544. A date of c.1540 is suggested from two portraits, one a miniature painted by Nicholas Hilliard in 1581 when he was allegedly 42 and he was the eldest of the twelve sons of Edmund Drake, a Protestant farmer, and his wife Mary Mylwaye. The first son was alleged to have named after his godfather Francis Russell. Because of religious persecution during the Prayer Book Rebellion in 1549, there the father obtained an appointment to minister the men in the Kings Navy. He was ordained deacon and was vicar of Upnor Church on the Medway. Drakes father apprenticed Francis to his neighbour, the master of a used for coastal trade transporting merchandise to France. The ship master was so satisfied with the young Drakes conduct that, being unmarried and childless at his death, Francis Drake married Mary Newman in 1569. She died 12 years later, in 1581, in 1585, Drake married Elizabeth Sydenham—born circa 1562, the only child of Sir George Sydenham, of Combe Sydenham, who was the High Sheriff of Somerset. After Drakes death, the widow Elizabeth eventually married Sir William Courtenay of Powderham. At age 23, Drake made his first voyage to the Americas, sailing with his cousin, Sir John Hawkins, on one of a fleet of ships owned by his relatives. In 1568 Drake was again with the Hawkins fleet when it was trapped by the Spaniards in the Mexican port of San Juan de Ulúa, following the defeat at San Juan de Ulúa, Drake vowed revenge. He made two voyages to the West Indies, in 1570 and 1571, of which little is known, in 1572, he embarked on his first major independent enterprise. He planned an attack on the Isthmus of Panama, known to the Spanish as Tierra Firme and the English as the Spanish MainFrancis Drake – Sir Francis Drake in Buckland Abbey 16th century, oil on canvas, by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
11. Edward I of England – Edward I, also known as Edward Longshanks and the Hammer of the Scots, was King of England from 1272 to 1307. He spent much of his reign reforming royal administration and common law, through an extensive legal inquiry, Edward investigated the tenure of various feudal liberties, while the law was reformed through a series of statutes regulating criminal and property law. Increasingly, however, Edwards attention was drawn towards military affairs, the first son of Henry III, Edward was involved early in the political intrigues of his fathers reign, which included an outright rebellion by the English barons. In 1259, he sided with a baronial reform movement. After reconciliation with his father, however, he remained throughout the subsequent armed conflict. After the Battle of Lewes, Edward was hostage to the rebellious barons, Montfort was defeated at the Battle of Evesham in 1265, and within two years the rebellion was extinguished. With England pacified, Edward joined the Ninth Crusade to the Holy Land, the crusade accomplished little, and Edward was on his way home in 1272 when he was informed that his father had died. Making a slow return, he reached England in 1274 and was crowned at Westminster on 19 August, after suppressing a minor rebellion in Wales in 1276–77, Edward responded to a second rebellion in 1282–83 with a full-scale war of conquest. After a successful campaign, Edward subjected Wales to English rule, built a series of castles and towns in the countryside, next, his efforts were directed towards Scotland. Initially invited to arbitrate a dispute, Edward claimed feudal suzerainty over the kingdom. In the war followed, the Scots persevered, even though the English seemed victorious at several points. At the same there were problems at home. In the mid-1290s, extensive military campaigns required high levels of taxation and these crises were initially averted, but issues remained unsettled. When the King died in 1307, he left to his son, Edward II, Edward I was a tall man for his era, hence the nickname Longshanks. He was temperamental, and this, along with his height, made him an intimidating man, nevertheless, he held the respect of his subjects for the way he embodied the medieval ideal of kingship, as a soldier, an administrator and a man of faith. The Edict remained in effect for the rest of the Middle Ages, Edward was born at the Palace of Westminster on the night of 17–18 June 1239, to King Henry III and Eleanor of Provence. Among his childhood friends was his cousin Henry of Almain, son of King Henrys brother Richard of Cornwall, Henry of Almain would remain a close companion of the prince, both through the civil war that followed, and later during the crusade. Edward was in the care of Hugh Giffard – father of the future Chancellor Godfrey Giffard – until Bartholomew Pecche took over at Giffards death in 1246, there were concerns about Edwards health as a child, and he fell ill in 1246,1247, and 1251Edward I of England – Portrait in Westminster Abbey, thought to be of Edward I
12. Enos (chimpanzee) – Enos was the second chimpanzee launched into space by NASA. He was the first chimpanzee, and third hominid after cosmonauts Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov, Enos flight occurred on November 29,1961. Enos was brought from the Miami Rare Bird Farm on April 3,1960 and he completed more than 1,250 training hours at the University of Kentucky and Holloman Air Force Base. Training was more intense for him than for his predecessor Ham, because Enos was exposed to weightlessness and his training included psychomotor instruction and aircraft flights. Enos was selected for only three days before launch. Two months prior, NASA launched Mercury Atlas 4 on September 13,1961, Enos flew into space aboard Mercury Atlas 5 on November 29,1961. He completed his first orbit in 1 hour and 28.5 minutes, the capsule was brought aboard the USS Stormes in the late afternoon and Enos was immediately taken below deck by his Air Force handlers. The Stormes arrived in Bermuda the next day, on November 4,1962, Enos died of shigellosis-related dysentery, which was resistant to then-known antibiotics. He was constantly observed for two months before his death, pathologists reported no symptoms that could be attributed or related to his previous space flight. Many believe Enoss remains were dissected like Ham, who was extensively studied postmortem at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, some of Hams remains, minus the skeleton, were buried at the International Space Hall of Fame in New Mexico. Recent attempts by scholars to locate Enoss remains were unsuccessful. Some confirmed post-mortem study was undertaken, but no evidence of final disposition has been found, Enoss body may have been discarded when examinations completed. Documentary on History of Primates Used in Space Travel Atlantic. com article about electrical shocks MentalFloss. com on 54th anniversary of flightEnos (chimpanzee) – Enos with handler
13. Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex – Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex, KG, was an English nobleman and general. From 1573 until his death he fought in Ireland in connection with the Plantation of Ulster and he was the father of Elizabeth Is favourite of her later years, Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex. Walter Devereuxs mother was Dorothy Hastings, daughter of George Hastings, 1st Earl of Huntingdon and Anne Stafford, on his grandfathers death, Devereux became on 27 September 1558 the 2nd Viscount Hereford and 10th Baron Ferrers of Chartley. He was entrusted with joint custody of the Queen of Scots in 1568, Devereux provided signal service in suppressing the Northern Rebellion of 1569, serving as high marshal of the field under the Ambrose Dudley, 3rd Earl of Warwick and Lord Clinton. At that time, Ulster was completely under the dominion of the ONeills, led by Sir Brian MacPhelim and Turlough Luineach and his offer, with certain modifications, was accepted. He set sail for Ireland in July 1573, accompanied by a number of earls, knights and gentlemen and his enterprise had an inauspicious beginning, a storm dispersed his fleet and drove some of his vessels as far as Cork and the Isle of Man. His forces did not all reach the place of rendezvous till late in the autumn, here his troops were diminished by sickness, famine and desertion to not much more than 200 men. Intrigues of various sorts and fighting of a type followed. He was in dire straits, and his movements in Ulster took the form of raids. In October 1574, he treacherously captured MacPhelim at a conference in Belfast and he arrested William Piers, who had been active in driving the Scots out of Ulster, and accused him of passing military intelligence to Brian mac Phelim ONeill. Essex ordered Pierss arrest and detention in Carrickfergus Castle in December 1574, after encouraging Essex to prepare to attack the Irish chief Turlough Luineach, apparently at the instigation of the earl of Leicester, the queen suddenly commanded him to break off his enterprise. However, she left him a certain power, and he took advantage of that to defeat Turlough Luineach. He returned to England at the end of 1575, resolved to live henceforth an untroubled life and he was however persuaded to accept the offer of the queen to make him Earl Marshal of Ireland. He arrived in Dublin in September 1576, but died three weeks later of dysentery and it was suspected that he had been poisoned at the behest of the Earl of Leicester, who married his widow two years later. A post-mortem was carried out and concluded that Essex had died of natural causes and he was succeeded in the Earldom of Essex by his son Robert. In 1561 or 1562, Devereux married Lettice, daughter of Sir Francis Knollys, Walter and Lettice had the following children, Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex Married Frances Walsingham Sir Walter Devereux. Married Margaret, daughter of Arthur Dakyns and he was killed at the siege of Rouen in 1591. Penelope Devereux Married Robert Rich, 3rd Baron Rich Dorothy DevereuxWalter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex – Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex as Earl Marshal of England, 1575
14. Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor – Frederick II was a Holy Roman Emperor and King of Sicily in the Middle Ages, a member of the House of Hohenstaufen. His political and cultural ambitions, based in Sicily and stretching through Italy to Germany, however, his enemies, especially the popes, prevailed, and his dynasty collapsed soon after his death. As such, he was King of Germany, of Italy, at the age of three, he was crowned King of Sicily as a co-ruler with his mother, Constance of Hauteville, the daughter of Roger II of Sicily. His other royal title was King of Jerusalem by virtue of marriage, Pope Gregory IX went so far as to call him an Antichrist. Speaking six languages, Frederick was a patron of science. He played a role in promoting literature through the Sicilian School of poetry. His Sicilian royal court in Palermo, from around 1220 to his death, saw the first use of a form of an Italo-Romance language. The poetry that emanated from the school had a significant influence on literature and he was also the first king who explicitly outlawed trials by ordeal as they were considered irrational. After his death, his line died out and the House of Hohenstaufen came to an end. Born in Iesi, near Ancona, Italy, Frederick was the son of the emperor Henry VI and he was known as the puer Apuliae. Some chronicles say that his mother, the forty-year-old Constance, gave birth to him in a square in order to forestall any doubt about his origin. In 1196 at Frankfurt am Main the infant Frederick was elected King of the Germans and his rights in Germany were disputed by Henrys brother Philip of Swabia and Otto of Brunswick. At the death of his father in 1197, Frederick was in Italy travelling towards Germany when the bad news reached his guardian, Conrad of Spoleto. Frederick was hastily brought back to his mother Constance in Palermo, Sicily, Constance of Sicily was in her own right queen of Sicily, and she established herself as regent. Upon Constances death in 1198, Pope Innocent III succeeded as Fredericks guardian, Fredericks tutor during this period was Cencio, who would become Pope Honorius III. However, Markward of Annweiler, with the support of Henrys brother, Philip of Swabia, reclaimed the regency for himself, in 1200, with the help of Genoese ships, he landed in Sicily and one year later seized the young Frederick. He thus ruled Sicily until 1202, when he was succeeded by another German captain, William of Capparone, Frederick was subsequently under tutor Walter of Palearia, until, in 1208, he was declared of age. His first task was to reassert his power over Sicily and southern Italy, Otto of Brunswick had been crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Innocent III in 1209Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor – Frederick II
15. Bartholomew Gosnold – Bartholomew Gosnold was an English lawyer, explorer, and privateer who was instrumental in founding the Virginia Company of London, and Jamestown in colonial America. He led the first recorded European expedition to Cape Cod and he is considered by Preservation Virginia to be the prime mover of the colonization of Virginia. Gosnold was born in Grundisburgh in Suffolk, England in 1571 and his parents were Anthony Gosnold of Grundisburgh and Dorothy Bacon of Hessett. Henry Gosnold, the judge and friend of Francis Bacon, was his cousin, Bartholomew had a younger brother, born sometime between 1573 and 1578, who, according to tradition, accompanied him to Virginia. In 1578, the will of Bartholomews great-grandmother Ann Doggett Gosnold shows five sisters to Bartholomew, Gosnold graduated from the University of Cambridge and studied law at Middle Temple. He was a friend of Richard Hakluyt and sailed with Walter Raleigh and he married Mary Golding at Latton, Essex in 1595, and together they had seven children, six of whom were baptized at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, between 1597 and 1607. Mary Golding was daughter of Robert Golding and Martha Judd and her mother was daughter of Sir Andrew Judd a wealthy London merchant who, among other offices, was Lord Mayor of London, 1550–51. More importantly for Gosnolds story, he was grandfather to Thomas Smith. Gosnold married Mary Goldinge, daughter of Robert Goldinge of Bury St Edmunds and his wife Martha Judd and they had several children, daughter Mary married Richard Pepys, kinsman of the diarist Samuel Pepys. His biographer has suggested, based on evidence, that in 1597–98 he served under the Earl of Essex on his Azores voyages. Many of those involved in that voyage afterwards became involved in the colonization of Virgina, but it could as easily describe Gosnolds effort to interest his friends in a colonizing effort at the beginning of the 17th century. In the Elizabethan ages, exploration and colonization was a private endeavor, while the crown did not defray any of the expenses of these enterprises, it granted monopolizes to an individual or corporation to exploit a particular area that the crown claimed. This made the efforts profit-drive, much like privateering, so a would-be colonizer, like Gosnold, had to raise the capital for the expedition among private sources. As these ventures became more common great corporations would arise, much like the corporations which exploited the trading routes, substantial obstacles stood in the way of organizing a commercial colonizing venture to the New World. In the first place, Ireland beckoned as a prospect for colonization, one that was less expensive. Most of the capitalists who were considering New World ventures were also involved in Irish ventures. Thomas Smiths son, for example, was involved in the first substantial effort to colonize Ulster > There was also the financial risk involved in colonizing projects. Sir Walter Raleigh had lost 40 thousand pounds in founding Roanoke colony, the loss of that colony as well as colonial failures elsewhere seems to have prevented commercial efforts to colonize Virginia from the time of the failure of the Roanoke colonyBartholomew Gosnold – Albert Bierstadt 's 1858 painting: "Gosnold at Cuttyhunk, 1602"
16. Texas Guinan – Mary Louise Cecilia Texas Guinan was an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur. Guinan was one of seven siblings born in Waco, Texas, to Irish-Canadian immigrants Michael and she attended parochial school at the Loretta Convent in Waco. When she was 16 years old, her moved to Denver, Colorado. Guinan married John Moynahan, a cartoonist for the Rocky Mountain News, moynahans career took them to Chicago, where Guinan studied music before divorcing him and starting her career as a professional singer. She toured regional vaudeville with some success, but became known less for her singing than for her entertaining Wild West-related patter. In 1906, she moved to New York City, where she found work as a girl before making a career for herself in national vaudeville. In 1917, Texas Guinan made her debut in a silent film called The Wildcat. She became the United Statess first movie cowgirl, nicknamed The Queen of the West and she claimed she had a sojourn in France, entertaining the troops during World War I. She was one of the first female emcees, upon the introduction of Prohibition, she opened a speakeasy called the 300 Club at 151 W. 54th Street in New York City. The club became famous for its troupe of 40 scantily clad fan dancers and for Guinans distinctive aplomb, Guinan maintained that she had never sold an alcoholic drink in her life. Ruby Keeler and George Raft were discovered as dancers at the club by Broadway, walter Winchell credited Guinan with opening the insider Broadway scene and cafe society to him when he was starting as a gossip columnist. Guinan capitalized on her notoriety, earning $700,000 in ten months in 1926, Guinan has been credited with coining a number of phrases. She was also friends with legendary illustrator J. C. They shared a building in the basement of which she had a speakeasy called Club Intime, the middle floor was Leyendeckers studio, and the top floor was where she hid the bar. Together, they held lavish parties which the elite of society would attend, during the Great Depression, she took her show on the road. She made a sally towards Europe, but her reputation preceded her and she turned this to her advantage by launching a satirical revue, Too Hot For Paris. Bandleader Paul Whiteman was a pallbearer along with two of her lawyers and writer Heywood Broun. She was survived by both of her parents and her mother died at age 101 in 1959 and her father was 79 years old at his death in 1935Texas Guinan – Texas Guinan
17. Henry V of England – Henry V was King of England from 1413 until his death at the age of 36 in 1422. He was the second English monarch who came from the House of Lancaster, after his fathers death in 1413, Henry assumed control of the country and embarked on war with France in the ongoing Hundred Years War between the two nations. His military successes culminated in his famous victory at the Battle of Agincourt and he was the son of 20-year-old Henry of Bolingbroke, and 16-year-old Mary de Bohun. He was also the grandson of the influential John of Gaunt, at the time of his birth, Richard II of England, his cousin once removed, was king. As he was not close to the line of succession to the throne and his grandfather, John of Gaunt, was the guardian of the king at that time. Upon the exile of Henrys father in 1398, Richard II took the boy into his own charge, the young Henry accompanied King Richard to Ireland, and while in the royal service, he visited Trim Castle in County Meath, the ancient meeting place of the Irish Parliament. He was created Prince of Wales at his fathers coronation, and Duke of Lancaster on 10 November 1399 and his other titles were Duke of Cornwall, Earl of Chester, and Duke of Aquitaine. A contemporary record notes that during that year Henry spent time at The Queens College, Oxford, under the care of his uncle Henry Beaufort, from 1400 to 1404, he carried out the duties of High Sheriff of Cornwall. It was there that the prince was almost killed by an arrow that became stuck in his face. An ordinary soldier might have died from such a wound, the operation was successful, but it left Henry with permanent scars, evidence of his experience in battle. The Welsh revolt of Owain Glyndŵr absorbed Henrys energies until 1408, then, as a result of the kings ill health, Henry began to take a wider share in politics. From January 1410, helped by his uncles Henry Beaufort and Thomas Beaufort – legitimised sons of John of Gaunt – he had control of the government. Both in foreign and domestic policy he differed from the king, the quarrel of father and son was political only, though it is probable that the Beauforts had discussed the abdication of Henry IV, and their opponents certainly endeavoured to defame the prince. It may be that the tradition of Henrys riotous youth, immortalised by Shakespeare, is due to political enmity. Henrys record of involvement in war and politics, even in his youth, the most famous incident, his quarrel with the chief justice, has no contemporary authority and was first related by Sir Thomas Elyot in 1531. The story of Falstaff originated in Henrys early friendship with Sir John Oldcastle, shakespeares Falstaff was originally named Oldcastle, following his main source, The Famous Victories of Henry V. However, his descendants objected, and the name was changed. That friendship, and the political opposition to Thomas Arundel, Archbishop of Canterbury. If so, their disappointment may account for the statements of ecclesiastical writers like Thomas Walsingham that Henry, after Henry IV died on 20 March 1413, Henry V succeeded him and was crowned on 9 April 1413 at Westminster Abbey, London, Kingdom of EnglandHenry V of England – Henry V
18. John Tristan, Count of Valois – John Tristan was a French prince of the Capetian dynasty. He was jure uxoris Count of Nevers from 1265 to 1270, Count of Auxerre and Tonnerre and also Count of Valois, John was born in Damietta, Egypt. He was the child and the fourth son of king Louis IX of France, called St. Louis after canonization. Moreover, he was the first of three children of this couple who were born during the Seventh Crusade. He was born at the Egyptian port town of Damietta which had been conquered by the crusaders in 1249, according to chronicler Jean de Joinville, an old knight acted as midwife during Johns birth. Two days prior to his birth, the king was captured by the Mamluks which was the reason to name the child Tristan due to the triste occasion and he was baptised in the grand mosque of Damietta that had been re-consecrated into a church. One month later, Damietta had to be abandoned, John subsequently spent his childhood in the Holy Land where his siblings Peter and Blanche were born. His father wished that John joined the Dominican Order, but John resisted this wish successfully, in 1266, he was married to Yolande II, Countess of Nevers, making him Count of Nevers, Auxerre and Tonnere. In 1268, John was made Count of Valois and Crépy on his own right by his father the king, two years later, John accompanied his father during the Eighth Crusade, which reached Tunis in July after setting out from Cagliari on Sardinia. But at Tunis the army suffered an outbreak of dysentery, John Tristan was one of the victims who died of it, and three weeks later, St. Louis also succumbed to the disease. Both bodies were transported to France and buried in the Basilica of St Denis and his widow married again in 1272 with Robert III of Flanders, the county of Valois, his prerogative, returned to the CrownJohn Tristan, Count of Valois – John Tristan
19. John, King of England – John, also known as John Lackland, was King of England from 6 April 1199 until his death in 1216. The baronial revolt at the end of Johns reign led to the sealing of Magna Carta, John, the youngest of five sons of King Henry II of England and Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine, was at first not expected to inherit significant lands. Following the failed rebellion of his brothers between 1173 and 1174, however, John became Henrys favourite child. He was appointed the Lord of Ireland in 1177 and given lands in England, Johns elder brothers William, Henry and Geoffrey died young, by the time Richard I became king in 1189, John was a potential heir to the throne. John unsuccessfully attempted a rebellion against Richards royal administrators whilst his brother was participating in the Third Crusade, John spent much of the next decade attempting to regain these lands, raising huge revenues, reforming his armed forces and rebuilding continental alliances. Johns judicial reforms had a impact on the English common law system. An argument with Pope Innocent III led to Johns excommunication in 1209, Johns attempt to defeat Philip in 1214 failed due to the French victory over Johns allies at the battle of Bouvines. When he returned to England, John faced a rebellion by many of his barons, although both John and the barons agreed to the Magna Carta peace treaty in 1215, neither side complied with its conditions. Civil war broke out shortly afterwards, with the barons aided by Louis of France and it soon descended into a stalemate. John was born to Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine on 24 December 1166, Henry had inherited significant territories along the Atlantic seaboard—Anjou, Normandy and England—and expanded his empire by conquering Brittany. The result was the Angevin Empire, named after Henrys paternal title as Count of Anjou and, more specifically, its seat in Angers. The Empire, however, was fragile, although all the lands owed allegiance to Henry. As one moved south through Anjou and Aquitaine, the extent of Henrys power in the provinces diminished considerably, scarcely resembling the concept of an empire at all. Some of the ties between parts of the empire such as Normandy and England were slowly dissolving over time. It was unclear what would happen to the empire on Henrys death, most believed that Henry would divide the empire, giving each son a substantial portion, and hoping that his children would continue to work together as allies after his death. To complicate matters, much of the Angevin empire was held by Henry only as a vassal of the King of France of the line of the House of Capet. Henry had often allied himself with the Holy Roman Emperor against France, shortly after his birth, John was passed from Eleanor into the care of a wet nurse, a traditional practice for medieval noble families. Eleanor then left for Poitiers, the capital of Aquitaine, and sent John and this may have been done with the aim of steering her youngest son, with no obvious inheritance, towards a future ecclesiastical careerJohn, King of England – Tomb effigy of King John, Worcester Cathedral
20. William Lanne – William Lanne was a Tasmanian Aborigine. He is most well known as the last full-blooded Aboriginal Tasmanian man, Lanne was captured along with his family in 1842 during a period known as the Black War. He was the youngest child in the last family taken to the Aboriginal camp at Wybelenna on Flinders Island by George Augustus Robinson. His native name is lost, probably because at 7 he was too young when arriving at Wybalenna, in 1847, he temporarily moved to Oyster Cove, and was sent to an orphanage in Hobart until 1851. In 1855 he joined a ship and regularly visited Oyster Cove when he had time. Lanne died on 3 March 1869 from a combination of cholera, following his death, Lannes body was dismembered and used for scientific purposes. An argument broke out between the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal Society of Tasmania over who should possess his remains. Nonetheless, Crowther managed to break into the morgue where Lannes body was kept and decapitated the corpse, removed the skin, the Tasmanian Royal Society soon discovered Crowthers work, and decided to thwart any further attempts to collect samples by amputating the hands and feet. Lanne was then buried in this state, because he was accused of the theft of Lannes head, Crowthers honorary appointment as surgeon at the Colonial Hospital terminated. Yet in 1869, the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons awarded him a gold medal, Crowther later became Premier of Tasmania. Other colonists took note of Crowthers act, A fracas occurred outside the Council chamber, Hobart Town, Mr. Kennerley called the attention of the House to the circumstance, and Mr. Crowther was reprimanded. In the 1990s, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre believed Lannes skull to be among them, the remains of Aboriginals were ultimately returned and reburied, though the university officially denied that any of the remains belonged to Lanne. William Lannes name is believed to be the source of the King Billy Pine, or Athrotaxis selaginoides, Island Magazine Article on Trugannini and Lannes bodies desecrationsWilliam Lanne – William Lanne
21. Jack London – John Griffith Jack London was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. Some of his most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories To Build a Fire, An Odyssey of the North, and Love of Life. He also wrote about the South Pacific in stories such as The Pearls of Parlay and The Heathen, London was part of the radical literary group The Crowd in San Francisco and a passionate advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers. He wrote several works dealing with these topics, such as his dystopian novel The Iron Heel, his non-fiction exposé The People of the Abyss. Jack Londons mother, Flora Wellman, was the fifth and youngest child of Pennsylvania Canal builder Marshall Wellman and his first wife, Marshall Wellman was descended from Thomas Wellman, an early Puritan settler in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Flora left Ohio and moved to the Pacific coast when her father remarried after her mother died, in San Francisco, Flora worked as a music teacher and spiritualist, claiming to channel the spirit of a Sauk chief, Black Hawk. Biographer Clarice Stasz and others believe Londons father was astrologer William Chaney, Flora Wellman was living with Chaney in San Francisco when she became pregnant. Whether Wellman and Chaney were legally married is unknown, most San Francisco civil records were destroyed by the extensive fires that followed the 1906 earthquake, nobody knows what name appeared on her sons birth certificate. Stasz notes that in his memoirs, Chaney refers to Londons mother Flora Wellman as having been his wife, according to Flora Wellmans account, as recorded in the San Francisco Chronicle of June 4,1875, Chaney demanded that she have an abortion. When she refused, he disclaimed responsibility for the child and she was not seriously wounded, but she was temporarily deranged. After giving birth, Flora turned the baby over for care to Virginia Prentiss and she was a major maternal figure throughout Londons life. Late in 1876, Flora Wellman married John London, a partially disabled Civil War veteran, the family moved around the San Francisco Bay Area before settling in Oakland, where London completed public grade school. He wrote to William Chaney, then living in Chicago, Chaney concluded by saying that he was more to be pitied than London. London was devastated by his fathers letter, in the following, he quit school at Berkeley. London was born near Third and Brannan Streets in San Francisco, the house burned down in the fire after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the California Historical Society placed a plaque at the site in 1953. Although the family was working class, it was not as impoverished as Londons later accounts claimed, in 1885, London found and read Ouidas long Victorian novel Signa. He credited this as the seed of his literary success, in 1886, he went to the Oakland Public Library and found a sympathetic librarian, Ina Coolbrith, who encouraged his learning. In 1889, London began working 12 to 18 hours a day at Hickmotts Cannery, seeking a way out, he borrowed money from his foster mother Virginia Prentiss, bought the sloop Razzle-Dazzle from an oyster pirate named French Frank, and became an oyster pirateJack London – London in 1903
22. Louis IX of France – Louis IX, commonly known as Saint Louis, was King of France from 1226 until his death. Louis was crowned in Reims at the age of 12, following the death of his father Louis VIII the Lion, although his mother, Blanche of Castile, ruled the kingdom until he reached maturity. During Louiss childhood, Blanche dealt with the opposition of rebellious vassals, as an adult, Louis IX faced recurring conflicts with some of the most powerful nobles, such as Hugh X of Lusignan and Peter of Dreux. Simultaneously, Henry III of England tried to restore his continental possessions and his reign saw the annexation of several provinces, notably Normandy, Maine and Provence. Louis IX was a reformer and developed French royal justice, in which the king is the judge to whom anyone is able to appeal to seek the amendment of a judgment. He banned trials by ordeal, tried to prevent the private wars that were plaguing the country, to enforce the correct application of this new legal system, Louis IX created provosts and bailiffs. According to his vow made after an illness, and confirmed after a miraculous cure. He was succeeded by his son Philip III, Louiss actions were inspired by Christian values and Catholic devotion. He decided to punish blasphemy, gambling, interest-bearing loans and prostitution and he also expanded the scope of the Inquisition and ordered the burning of Talmuds. He is the only canonized king of France, and there are many places named after him. Much of what is known of Louiss life comes from Jean de Joinvilles famous Life of Saint Louis, two other important biographies were written by the kings confessor, Geoffrey of Beaulieu, and his chaplain, William of Chartres. The fourth important source of information is William of Saint-Parthus biography, while several individuals wrote biographies in the decades following the kings death, only Jean of Joinville, Geoffrey of Beaulieu, and William of Chartres wrote from personal knowledge of the king. Louis was born on 25 April 1214 at Poissy, near Paris, the son of Prince Louis the Lion and Princess Blanche, and baptised in La Collégiale Notre-Dame church. His grandfather on his fathers side was Philip II, king of France, while his grandfather on his mothers side was Alfonso VIII, tutors of Blanches choosing taught him most of what a king must know—Latin, public speaking, writing, military arts, and government. He was 9 years old when his grandfather Philip II died, a member of the House of Capet, Louis was twelve years old when his father died on 8 November 1226. He was crowned king within the month at Reims cathedral, because of Louiss youth, his mother ruled France as regent during his minority. Louis mother trained him to be a leader and a good Christian. She used to say, I love you, my son, as much as a mother can love her childLouis IX of France – Representation of Saint Louis considered to be true to life, early 14th century. Statue from the church of Mainneville, Eure, France.
23. William Pope McArthur – William Pope McArthur was an American naval officer and hydrologist who was involved in the first surveys of the Pacific Coast for the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Genevieve, Missouri to John and Mary Linn McArthur, mcArthurs uncle, Dr. Lewis F. Linn was U. S. At Linns request McArthur was appointed Midshipman in the U. S. Navy on February 11,1832, in 1837 he attended the Naval School at Norfolk, Virginia. During the Second Seminole War he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Among the passengers was future American Civil War General Joseph E. Johnston who accompanied the vessel as a topographical engineer. McArthur was wounded in both legs at Jupiter, Florida, while one musket ball was pulled from one leg, the ball remained in the other leg. He was sent to the Naval Hospital in Norfolk where he was to court and marry the Mary Stone Young, among their children is Lewis Linn McArthur, an Oregon Supreme Court Justice. In 1840 he began a survey of the Gulf Of Mexico aboard the brig Consort. On October 27,1848 A. D. Bache, Superintendent U. S. Coast Survey, instructed him to go to San Francisco, after sailing from New York McArthur was delayed in Panama by the influx of settlers in the California Gold Rush. In Panama, McArthur was asked to captain a former coal storage ship to San Francisco, the von Humboldt left Panama on May 21,1849 and took 102 days to arrive at San Francisco, the first 46 of which were spent getting to the Mexican port of Acapulco. Among the four hundred passengers on von Humboldt were Collis P. Huntington, in 1848 Congress had appropriated funds for two lighthouses in the act creating the Oregon Territory. McArthur was to recommend placing one at Cape Disappointment on the Columbia, McArthur and some of his ship mates were quite taken with Oregon and the Willamette Valley, he wrote, The climate is agreeable and healthy. The water is not inferior to any in the world, the face of the country is too uneven to permit as general cultivation, still it will and must soon become a great agricultural and stock growing country. The scenery is beautiful and in places and some points of view the grandest that the eye ever beheld. Lieutenant Blunt who accompanied him on the expedition made a land claim on behalf of himself, McArthur. McArthurs uncle, Senator Linn, along with Senator Thomas Hart Benton, had been an advocate of American expansion in the West, McArthur was not to survive the voyage to the east coast in 1850. He became ill onboard with dysentery, died, and was buried in Panama, the Navy purchased the original 956 acres of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard on January 4,1853. McArthurs family share was $5,218.20. in 1867, his body was disinterred, mcArthurs name is applied to several ships and placenamesWilliam Pope McArthur – William Pope McArthur
24. Percy B. Molesworth – Percy Braybrooke Molesworth was a Major in the corps of Royal Engineers and an amateur astronomer. Molesworth was the youngest son of Sir Guildford Molesworth, and was educated at Winchester College and he obtained his commission in the Corps of Royal Engineers in 1886 and was stationed at Fort Camden until 1891. He then was ordered to Hong Kong and three later moved to Trincomalee on Ceylon. He retired in 1906 intending to pursue astronomy full-time at his estate at Trincomalee and he is buried in the St Stephens Cemetery in Docklands Road Trincomalee and the grave is two to the left of the memorial to the Royal Engineers. The inscription can be seen clearly on the stone, as at Sept 19th 2013. He was a member of the British Astronomical Association in 1890 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1898. Molesworth was a talented observer creating first-class drawings of Mars and Jupiter in the years 1903 to 1905 and he is credited with discovering a great disturbance in the southern bands of Jupiter on 28 February 1901. Known as the South Tropical Disturbance it lasted for close to forty years, a crater on Mars was named in his honour. The Reflector Telescope that he used was gifted to the University of Colombo many years after his death and it was used till 1988, when bandits looted the telescopes metallic parts and sold them for scrap. It hasnt been used since, and can still be seen at the Astronomy dome of the University at Reid Avenue, monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 248 Obs 108 Description of the discovery of the southern disturbance Molesworths description of his Mars observationsPercy B. Molesworth – v
25. Sir William Norris, 1st Baronet – Sir William Norris, 1st Baronet was an English politician and ambassador to Aurangzeb. He was the son of Thomas Norris of Speke Hall, Lancashire, by Katherine. The eldest son, Thomas Norris, was a Whig M. P. for Liverpool,1688 to 1690 and 1690 to 1695. William succeeded his eldest brother, Thomas, as member for Liverpool in 1695, and held the seat till 1701, he was re-elected during his absence in India and he was made a baronet on 3 December 1698, of Speke, Lancashire. The title became extinct on his death, the Old Company had its firmans from the Mughal Emperors conferring special privileges of trading. Norris landed on 25 September 1699 at Masulipatam on the Indian east coast, the English company was incompetent to carry the offer into effect. Niccolao Manucci excused himself as an interpreter, and Pitt had made no preparations for the inland journey, Norris fell out with him, and sailed on 23 August 1700 for Swally, the port on the Indian west coast for Surat, which he reached on 10 December. Norris paid for a state entry into Surat. On 27 January 1701 he set out from Surat on a journey to the emperors camp and he was escorted by over sixty Europeans, including his brother Edward Norris, and three hundred Indians. The route taken across Maharashtra via Daulatabad, Aurangabad and Jalgaon was around 470 miles, while in Burhanpur Norris let protocol stand in the way of meeting Asad Khan, chief vizier to the Emperor. He set off south to meet the Emperor himself, who was engaged in an operation at Panhala fort. An audience was granted on 28 April, and King Williams letter was presented in a ceremony with many gifts. He left the camp, which he had followed to Mandangad and he was then held up in Burhanpur. In February 1702 Aurangzeb sent Norris at Burhanpur a letter, and a sword for King William, with a promise that, after all, on 9 February the ambassador resumed his journey, and arrived on 12 March in the neighbourhood of Surat. He immediately entered upon a dispute with Sir Nicholas Waite. He was married, to the widow of a Pollexfen, Leigh Rayments Historical List of MPs Leigh Rayments list of baronets Attribution This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain, Norris, WilliamSir William Norris, 1st Baronet – Letter from Aurangzeb to William III (BL Or. 6286)
26. Philip I of Namur – Philip I, called the Noble, was the margrave of Namur from 1195 until his death. He was the son of Baldwin V, Count of Hainault. His paternal grandmother was Alice, Countess of Namur, baldwins will left Namur to Philip, but as a fief of Hainault. However, Theobald I of Bar, who had married Henry of Luxembourgs heiress, Ermesinda, refused to relinquish Namur, the war lasted for three years until the Treaty of Dinant, signed on 26 July 1199, recognised Philip as holder of Namur. Philip was left as regent of Hainault while his brother, Baldwin VI, went on the Fourth Crusade and acted as guardian to the young heiresses Joanna. This insulted the barons of Flanders and Hainault and they revolted and forced him to give up the regency, in Namur, Philip reigned as a peaceful and pious promoter of social development. He intervened as the mediator between many feuding lords and he died of dysentery on 9 October 1212, in Valenciennes. He had designated his twin sister Yolande as heirPhilip I of Namur – Ancestry 
27. Philip III of France – It can also refer to Philippe III de Croÿ and Philippe III, Duke of Orléans. Philip III, called the Bold, was King of France from 1270 to 1285, Philip proved indecisive, soft in nature, and timid. The strong personalities of his parents apparently crushed him, and policies of his father dominated him, people called him the Bold on the basis of his abilities in combat and on horseback and not on the basis of his political or personal character. He was pious but not cultivated and he followed the suggestions of others, first of Pierre de La Broce and then of his uncle King Charles I of Naples, Sicily, and Albania. His father, Louis IX, died in Tunis during the Eighth Crusade, Philip, who was accompanying him, came back to France to claim his throne and was anointed at Reims in 1271. Philip made numerous territorial acquisitions during his reign, the most notable being the County of Toulouse which was annexed to the Crown lands of France in 1271. Following the Sicilian Vespers, a rebellion triggered by Peter III of Aragon against Philips uncle Charles I of Naples, Philip was forced to retreat and died from dysentry in Perpignan in 1285. He was succeeded by his son Philip the Fair, Philip was born in Poissy to King Saint Louis IX of France and Margaret of Provence, queen consort of France. As a younger son, Philip was not expected to rule a kingdom, at the death of his elder brother Louis in 1260, he became the heir to the throne. He was then 15 years old and has less skill than his brother, being of a character, submissive, timid and versatile. Pope Urban IV released Philip from his oath on June 6,1263, from 1268 Pierre de La Brosse became mentor. Saint Louis also provided him his own advice, writing in particular Enseignements and he also received a very faith-oriented education. Guillaume dErcuis was also his chaplain before being the tutor of his son, as Count of Orléans, he accompanied his father to the Eighth Crusade in Tunis,1270. After taking Carthage, the army was struck by an epidemic of dysentery and his brother John Tristan, Count of Valois died first, on August 3, and on August 25 the king died. To prevent putrefaction of the remains of the sovereign, they recoursed to Mos Teutonicus, Philip, then 25 years old, was proclaimed king in Tunis. With neither great personality or will, very pious, but a good rider and he was unable to command the troops at the death of his father. He left his uncle Charles I of Naples to negotiate with Muhammad I al-Mustansir, Hafsid Sultan of Tunis and he got the payment of tribute from the caliph of Tunis in exchange for the departure of the crusaders. A treaty was concluded October 28,1270 between the kings of France, Sicily and Navarre and the barons on one hand and the caliph of Tunis on the otherPhilip III of France – Coronation of King Philip III
28. Philip V of France – Philip V, the Tall, was King of France and King of Navarre. He reigned from 1316 to his death and was the monarch of the main line of the House of Capet. As the second son of king Philip IV, he was entitled to an appanage, when Louis died in 1316, he left a daughter and a pregnant wife, Clementia of Hungary. Philip the Tall successfully claimed the regency, Queen Clementia gave birth to a boy, who was proclaimed king as John I, but the infant king lived only for five days. At the death of his nephew, Philip immediately had himself crowned at Reims, however, his legitimacy was challenged by the party of Louis X’s daughter Joan. The succession of Philip, instead of Joan, set the precedent for the French royal succession that would be known as the Salic law. A spontaneous popular crusade started in Normandy in 1320 aiming to liberate Iberia from the Moors, instead the angry populace marched to the south attacking castles, royal officials, priests, lepers, and Jews. Philip V engaged in a series of reforms intended to improve the management of the kingdom. These reforms included the creation of an independent Court of Finances, the standardization of weights and measures, Philip V died from dysentery in 1322 without a male heir and was succeeded by his younger brother Charles IV. Philip was born in Lyon, the son of King Philip IV of France. His father granted to him the county of Poitiers in appanage, modern historians have described Philip V as a man of considerable intelligence and sensitivity, and the wisest and politically most apt of Philip IVs three sons. At the heart of the problems for both Philip IV and Louis X were taxes and the difficulty in raising them outside of crises, Philip married Joan, the eldest daughter of Count Otto IV of Burgundy, in 1307. The original plan had been for Louis X to marry Joan, Philip went to great lengths not only to endow Joan with lands and money but to try to ensure that these gifts were irrevocable in the event of his early death. Amongst the various gifts were a palace, villages, additional money for jewels, and her servants and the property of all the Jews in Burgundy, which he gave to Joan in 1318. Joan was implicated in Margarets adultery case during 1314, Margaret was accused and convicted of adultery with two knights, upon the testimony of their sister-in-law, Isabella. Joan was suspected of having known about the adultery, placed under house arrest at Dourdan as punishment. With Philips support she continued to protest her innocence, and by 1315 her name had been cleared by the Paris Parlement, partially through Philips influence and it is unclear why Philip stood by her in the way that he did. Philips older brother, Louis X, died in 1316 leaving the pregnant Clementia of Hungary as his widowPhilip V of France – Contemporary picture from the L'arbre généalogique Bernard Gui, Généalogie des rois de France
29. FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan – Field Marshal FitzRoy James Henry Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan, GCB, PC, known before 1852 as Lord FitzRoy Somerset, was a British Army officer. As a junior officer he served in the Peninsular War and the Hundred Days and he also took part in politics as Tory Member of Parliament for Truro before becoming Master-General of the Ordnance. He became commander of the British troops sent to the Crimea in 1854, after an early success at the Battle of Alma, a failure to deliver orders with sufficient clarity caused the fateful Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava. Despite further success at the Battle of Inkerman, an allied assault on Sevastopol in June 1855 was a complete failure. Raglan died later that month from a mixture of dysentery and clinical depression, promoted to lieutenant on 1 June 1805, Somerset accompanied Sir Arthur Paget on his visit to Sultan Selim III of the Ottoman Empire, who had been aligning himself too closely with France, in 1807. He became a captain in the 43rd Regiment of Foot on 5 May 1808 shortly before his appointment as aide-de-camp to Sir Arthur Wellesley in July 1808, Somerset accompanied Wellesleys Army when it was sent to Portugal later that month. Somerset fought at the Second Battle of Porto in May 1809, the Battle of Talavera in July 1809, promoted to brevet major on 9 June 1811, he also took part in the Battle of El Bodón in September 1811. They also fought together at the Battle of the Nive in December 1813, the Battle of Orthez in February 1814, following Wellingtons appointment as British Ambassador during the short period of Bourbon restoration, Somerset assumed a role as his secretary at the Embassy on 5 July 1814. Somerset transferred to the 1st Guards on 25 July 1814 and was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath on 2 January 1815. Somerset also saw action during the Hundred Days, he served on Wellingtons staff at the Battle of Quatre Bras on 16 June 1815 and at the Battle of Waterloo two days later. Promoted to colonel and appointed an aide-de-camp to the Prince Regent on 28 August 1815 and he remained with the Army of Occupation in France until May 1816 when he returned to the post of secretary at the British Embassy in Paris. Somerset was elected Tory Member of Parliament for Truro in 1818, Somerset lost his seat at the general election in 1820 but, having been promoted to major-general on 27 May 1825, regained his seat in Parliament in 1826. Following Wellingtons appointment as Commander-in-Chief of the Forces in January 1827 Somerset became Military Secretary in August 1827 and he stood down from Parliament in 1829 and was promoted to lieutenant-general on 28 June 1838. Raglan became commander of the British troops sent to the Crimea with the rank of full general on 21 February 1854 and was promoted to the substantive rank of full general on 20 June 1854. An Anglo-French force under the joint command of Somerset and General Jacques St. Arnaud defeated General Alexander Menshikovs Russian army at the Battle of Alma in September 1854 and he was also awarded the Ottoman Empire Order of the Medjidie, 1st Class on 15 May 1855. A piecemeal allied assault on Sevastopol on 18 June 1855 was a complete failure, the anxieties of the siege began to seriously undermine Raglans health and he died from a mixture of dysentery and clinical depression on 29 June 1855. His body was brought home and interred at St Michael and All Angels Church, Raglan had also served as honorary colonel of the 53rd Regiment of Foot and then as honorary colonel of the Royal Regiment of Horse Guards. A blue plaque was erected outside Raglans house at Stanhope Gate in London in 1911, on 6 August 1814 Somerset married Lady Emily Harriet Wellesley-PoleFitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan – FitzRoy Somerset by William Salter, 1838–1840
30. Rao Tula Ram – Rao Tula Ram was one of the key leaders of the Indian rebellion of 1857, in Haryana, where he is considered a state hero. His plans were cut short by his death from dysentery in Kabul on 23 September 1863, Rao Tula Ram was born on 9 December 1825. His father was Rao Puran Singh, his grandfather Rao Tej Singh and his mothers name was Rani Gyan Kanwar, daughter of Rao Zahari Singh, Rao Tula Ram was one of the great leaders of the Indian Uprising of 1857 against the colonial British forces. His story is one of rebellion and guerilla warfare against the stronger, Rao Tula Ram helped Emperor Bahadur shah and others rebels forces who were waging war against Britishers in Delhi. The battle of Narnaul was undoubtedly one of the most decisive battles of the uprising of 1857, the English felt jubilant over their success in this confrontation, for it resulted in the marked close of the crucial period of the struggle in the Haryana Region and Northern Rajasthan. In 1877, his title was restored to his son Rao Yudhister Singh, russias growing activity in Central Asia in the middle of the 19th century substantially influenced both the policy of the British colonialists and public sentiment in India. From time to time missions arrived in Russia from India, representing interests of different sections of the population. These people complained about the methods used by the British authorities. Documents about an unknown mission which set out for Russia in 1859 has been found in the archives. These documents are all the more interesting since they are connected with a most important event in Indias 19th-century history, anti-British fedual rulers of the Indian principalities are known to have predominated among the leaders of the popular uprising. At the moment when the uprising suffered a set-back, a group of Indian princes elected from among themselves an envoy, Rao Raja Tula Singh Bahadur, the ruler of Rewari, agreed to make this dangerous and long trip. There is every evidence that there had been agreement among them, for their messages were very similar in content and used similar expressions. During his long voyage, Rao Raja Tula Singh Bahadur lost all he had and the people accompanying him were arrested and it is not known whether he ever went to the capital of Russia, but in any case the documents which he had brought did reach St. Petersburg. The texts of the letters were general and did not contain any concrete proposals. The rajas paid their respects to the tsar and complained of being oppressed by the British authorities, evidentlly fearing that the letters might get into the hands of the British, the maharajas llimited themselves to brief appeals to the tsar, relying on Rao Raja for everything. The envoy of the maharajas wrote his letter at Rasht on December 5,1860 and it contained more detailed data of utmost interest to historians and disclosed hitherto unknown circumstances concerning the outbreak of the 1857 uprising. According to Rao Raja it was not only planned beforehand, but was connected with hopes for the movement of Russian troops in Central Asia, the document opened a hitherto unknown page in the history of mutual relations between the two nations. The government of India issued on 23 September 2001, a stamp featuring Maharaj Rao Tula RamRao Tula Ram – Raja Rao Tula Ram
31. Red Bird – Red Bird was a leader of the Winnebago Native American tribe. He was a leader in the Winnebago War against the United States and he was for many years one of the most friendly and trusted of the Wisconsin Native Americans. In the late 1820s Red Bird and his followers began to grow uneasy over the encroachments of lead miners on Ho-Chunk land. The tribe was also disturbed by the belief that two Ho-Chunk had been put to death at Fort Snelling in 1826 for a murder they did not commit. They fled after Gagniers wife and son escaped and gave the alarm in Prairie du Chien, on June 30,1827, a band of Ho-Chunk fired on the Wisconsin River keelboat Oliver Perry killing two of the crew and wounding several others. With an Indian war threatening, the militia was mobilized and federal troops were dispatched to Prairie du Chien from Jefferson Barracks, to avert a general war, Red Bird and his companions surrendered at Portage on Sept.2,1827. Although the chief expected the dignity of being put to death, he was taken to Prairie du Chien where he died in prison. Several months later the other Indians were pardoned, one of the most dramatic incidents in Wisconsin history, the surrender of the proud and handsome chief became the subject of stories, paintings, and plays. For story of Red Bird troubles, see, Snelling, Winnebago Outbreak of 1827, also, Moses M. Strong, Indian Wars of Wisconsin, Id. Also, James H. Lockwood, Early Times and Events in Wisconsin, Red Bird statue, other views, overlooking the northeast end of Lake Winnebago, in High Cliff State ParkRed Bird – Red Bird dressed in white buckskin for his surrender to U.S. authorities
32. Gerard Reynst – Gerard Reynst was a Dutch merchant, father of a museum curator, and later the second Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. All that is known of his early years is that he was born in Amsterdam, the son of Pieter Rijnst, soap boiler, and Trijn Sijverts. In 1599 he became a merchant and ship-owner, as well as a founder-member and administrator of the Nieuwe or Brabantsche Compagnie which, in 1600 and this company then in 1602 merged into the Dutch East India Company. On the request of his elders in the college of the Heren XVII, he became Governor-general of the Dutch East Indies in 1613, the trip lasted 18 months, after which he took over command from Pieter Both. On the way, he had sent one of his ships to the Red Sea to start trade relations with the Arabs there. He died more than a year after arrival, having caught dysentery so that he could do little there, there is a street named after him in The Hague, Gerard Reijnststraat, which is situated very close to the area which the Allies mistakenly bombed during World War II. In 1588 in Haarlem Reijnst married Margriet Niquet, daughter of the wealthy merchant, at his death, Reijnst left his wife, who had accompanied him to the East Indies, with seven children. The younger of these she raised with her brother Jacques Nicquet, among their children were the art-collecting brothers Gerard and Jan. His daughter Weijntje became the mother of the merchant Isaak Isaaksz Coymans, one of the founders of the Danish West India CompanyGerard Reynst – Portrait of Gerard Reynst
33. Edmund Roberts (diplomat) – Roberts concluded treaties with Thailand and Said bin Sultan, Sultan of Muscat and Oman, ratified in Washington, D. C.30 June 1834. He returned in 1836 to exchange ratifications with Oman and Thailand and he fell seriously ill with dysentery and died in Portuguese Macau, which precluded his becoming Americas first envoy to Edo Japan. Young Edmund at age 13 received through his congressman a Midshipmans warrant in the United States Navy, Roberts put to sea in 1800, eventually residing in London until age 24. Of the couples 11 children,8 survived their parents, New Hampshire, with only 16 miles of coast line, and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine is credited with shaping Roberts character. Formation of an American naval force was a topic of debate for years, with opponents arguing that building a navy would only lead to calls for a navy department and the staff to operate it. This would further lead to more appropriations of funds, which would eventually spiral out of control, after some debate and prompting by President Washington, Congress passed an act on 20 April 1796 allowing the construction and funding to continue only on the three ships nearest to completion. Congress, laid at Portsmouth in 1795, was spared the axe due to the Quasi-War and XYZ Affair, in 1819, under the command of John D. Henley, she was the first U. S. warship to visit China. In fact, from 1798 to 1883 the foreign affairs of the United States were primarily, but not entirely, Roberts entered the New England triangular trade as shipowner and his own supercargo, but never as a captain. Robert Hopkins Miller says Roberts lost his wealth in a series of misfortunes. However, Miller erroneously places Demerara on the east coast of Africa, the 1823 revolt had a special significance. t attracted attention in Britain inside and outside Parliament to the terrible evil slavery and the need to abolish it. Roberts own account mentions neither Demerara nor the slave revolt but his aversion to slavery colors his negotiating stance. By 1827, nearly impoverished by depredations of French and Spanish privateers on his ships in the West Indies, senator Levi Woodbury, a personal friend, of the aggravations endured by American shipping, that might be alleviated by negotiating commercial treaties. The stage was set for Roberts diplomatic career by Salems trade with China, from 1826 to 1832, John Shillaber, American consul in Batavia, sent a series of letters suggesting that he be empowered to negotiate trade treaties. As the Potomac was departing the schooner Boxer was nearing commissioning, Peacock, outfitted for exploration, Woodbury convinced Jackson to send both 10-gun ships to support Potomac – with Roberts as Jacksons special agent. Livingston adds a postscript that Roberts is to receive $6 per diem, Jackson later explains to the Senate in his message of 30 May 1834, The expenses of the agency have been defrayed out of the contingent fund for foreign intercourse. In mid-February 1832, Boxer is dispatched to Liberia, with orders to join the Peacock off the coast of Brazil, but the ships fail to rendezvous until 5 June 1834 – in the unhealthy roadstead of Batavia. In March 1832, Peacock sails for Brazil under Commander David Geisinger, with Francis Baylies appointed chargé d’affaires to Buenos Aires and his published account follows the general outline of that published two years previously of East India Company agent John Crawfurds 1822 mission to Siam and Cochinchina. Roberts, in both his report to State and in his journal, cites page 269 of his copy of Mr. Crawford – page 414 in Crawfurds second editionEdmund Roberts (diplomat) – Peacock. Alfred T. Agate. Pencil.
34. Rudolf I of Bohemia – Rudolf of Habsburg was Duke of Austria and Styria from 1298 as well as King of Bohemia and titular King of Poland from 1306 until his death. Rudolf was the eldest son of the Habsburg duke Albert I of Austria, upon the election of his father as King of the Romans, sixteen-year-old Rudolph was vested as a co-ruler with the Austrian and Styrian hereditary lands of the Habsburg dynasty. According to the Rheinfelden order of succession, Rudolf acted as regent on behalf of his younger brothers Frederick the Fair. On May 25,1300, King Albert I arranged his marriage with the Capetian princess Blanche, the intended union with the French House of Capet however failed as the couples son and daughter died young and Blanche herself died in 1305. Rudolph was vested with the Bohemian throne, however contested by his maternal uncle Henry of Gorizia, Duke of Carinthia, when several Bohemian nobles elected Henry King of Bohemia, Albert I placed his brother-in-law under the Imperial ban and marched against Prague. Henry fled, first to Bavaria, then back to his Carinthian homelands, mocked as král kaše for his stomach problems, Rudolf was rejected by several Bohemian nobles, who continued to hold out for Henry. His aims to hold of the silver deposits at Kutná Hora sparked a rebellion led by the noble House of Strakonice. The king besieged the fortress of Horažďovice, but died at the campsite in the night of 3 to 4 July 1307. Instead Rudolphs enfeoffment intensified the inner Habsburg inheritance conflict, culminating in the assassination of King Albert I by his nephew John Parricida in 1308, Rudolph is buried at the St. Vitus Cathedral in PragueRudolf I of Bohemia – Rudolf I
35. Caspar Schwenckfeld – Caspar Schwenkfeld von Ossig was a German theologian, writer, and preacher who became a Protestant Reformer and spiritualist, one of the earliest promoters of the Protestant Reformation in Silesia. Schwenckfeld came to Reformation principles through Thomas Müntzer and Andreas Karlstadt, however, he developed his own principles and fell out with Martin Luther over the eucharistic controversy. He had his own views on the sacraments - the Heavenly Flesh doctrine - developed in association with his humanist colleague. His followers became a new sect, which was outlawed in Germany, but his ideas influenced Anabaptism, Pietism on mainland Europe, Schwenckfeld was born in Ossig near Liegnitz, Silesia now Osiek, near Legnica, Poland, to noble parents in 1489. From 1505 to 1507 he was a student in Cologne, between 1511 and 1523, Schwenckfeld served the Duchy of Liegnitz as an adviser to Duke Charles I, Duke George I, and Duke Frederick II. In 1518 or 1519, Schwenckfeld experienced an awakening that he called a visitation of God, Luthers writings had a deep influence on Schwenckfeld, and he embraced the Lutheran Reformation and became a student of the Scriptures. In 1521, Schwenckfeld began to preach the gospel, and in 1522 won Duke Friedrich II over to Protestantism and he organized a Brotherhood of his converts for the purpose of study and prayer in 1523. In 1525, he rejected Luthers idea of Real Presence and came to an interpretation of the Lords Supper. Schwenckfeld began to teach that the true believer ate the spiritual body of Christ and he pushed for reformation wherever he went, but also criticized reformers that he thought went to extremes. He emphasized that for one to be a true Christian, one must not change only outwardly but inwardly, because of the communion and other controversies, Schwenckfeld broke with Luther and followed what some describe as a middle way. Because of his break from Luther and the Magisterial Reformation, scholars typically categorize Schwenckfeld as a member of the Radical Reformation and he voluntarily exiled himself from Silesia in 1529 in order to relieve pressure on and embarrassment of his duke. He lived in Strassburg from 1529–1534 and then in Swabia and he rejected infant baptism, outward church forms, and denominations. His views on the Eucharist prompted Luther to publish several sermons on the subject in his 1526 The Sacrament of the Body, in 1540 Martin Luther expelled Caspar Schwenckfeld from Silesia. In 1541, Schwenckfeld published the Great Confession on the Glory of Christ, many considered the writing to be heretical. He taught that Christ had two natures, divine and human, but that he became progressively more divine and he also published a number of works about interpreting the Scriptures during the 1550s, often responding to the rebuttals of the Lutheran Reformer Matthias Flacius Illyricus. In 1561, Schwenckfeld became sick with dysentery, and gradually grew weaker until he died in Ulm on the morning of December 10,1561, because of his enemies, the fact of his death and the place of his burial were kept secret. Schwenckfeld did not organize a church during his lifetime, but followers seemed to gather around his writings. In 1700 there were about 1,500 of them in Lower Silesia, many fled Silesia under persecution of the Austrian emperor, and some found refuge on the lands of Count Nicolaus Ludwig ZinzendorfCaspar Schwenckfeld – This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in German. (February 2011) Click [show] for important translation instructions.
36. George Smith (Assyriologist) – George Smith, was a pioneering English Assyriologist who first discovered and translated the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the oldest-known written works of literature. As the son of a family in Victorian England, Smith was limited in his ability to acquire a formal education. At age fourteen, he was apprenticed to the London-based publishing house of Bradbury and Evans to learn banknote engraving, from his youth, he was fascinated with Assyrian culture and history. In his spare time, he read everything that was available to him on the subject, in 1863 Smith married Mary Clifton, and they had six children. As early as 1861, he was working evenings sorting and cleaning the mass of friable fragments of clay cylinders, in 1866 Smith made his first important discovery, the date of the payment of the tribute by Jehu, king of Israel, to Shalmaneser III. Sir Henry suggested to the Trustees of the Museum that Smith should join him in the preparation of the third, Smiths earliest successes were the discoveries of two unique inscriptions early in 1867. This discovery is the cornerstone of ancient Near Eastern chronology, the other was the date of an invasion of Babylonia by the Elamites in 2280 BC. This work is known today as the eleventh tablet of the Epic of Gilgamesh. This journey resulted not only in the discovery of some missing tablets, in November 1873 Smith again left England for Nineveh for a second expedition, this time at the expense of the Museum, and continued his excavations at the tell of Kouyunjik. An account of his work is given in Assyrian Discoveries, published early in 1875, the rest of the year was spent in fixing together and translating the fragments relating to the creation, the results of which were published in The Chaldaean Account of Genesis. In March 1876, the trustees of the British Museum sent Smith once more to excavate the rest of Assurbanipals library, at Ikisji, a small village about sixty miles northeast of Aleppo, he fell ill with dysentery. He died in Aleppo on 19 August and he left a wife and several children to whom an annuity of 150 pounds was granted by the Queen. Smith wrote about eight important works, including studies, historical works. Assyrian Discoveries, An Account of Explorations and Discoveries on the Site of Nineveh, the Chaldean Account of Genesis George Smith. New York, Scribner, Armstrong & Co.1876, New York, Scribner, Armstrong & Co.1876. London, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, New York, E. & J. B, the Buried Book, The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh. Ch 1–2 of Smiths life, includes new-found evidence about Smiths death, C. W. Ceram, Gods, Graves and Scholars, The Story of Archeology, trans. Garside and Sophie Wilkins, 2nd ed, the great good luck of Mister Smith, in Saudi Aramco World, Volume 22, Number 1, January/February 1971George Smith (Assyriologist) – George Smith
37. William Stevenson (colonial administrator) – Sir William Stevenson KCB was a Jamaican-born British colonial administrator who served as the 9th Governor of Mauritius from 20 September 1857 to 9 January 1863. He was born to one of the oldest English families on Jamaica and he was the son of William James Stevenson of Kingston. His mother was descended from Colonel Richard James, who was the first person born of English parents in British Jamaica, stevensons grandmother was descended from Henry Lawrence, President of Cromwells Council of State, whose son founded a plantation in Jamaica in the 17th century. He first served as superintendent of British Honduras from 1854–1857 before being appointed Governor of Mauritius in May 1857 and he was invested as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1862. He married a Miss Allwood, and had a son, William Lawrence Stevenson, and a daughter and he married secondly Caroline Octavia Biscoe, and their son was Francis Seymour Stevenson, M. P. He died of dysentery in 1863William Stevenson (colonial administrator) – Government offices
38. Emmeline Charlotte Elizabeth Stuart-Wortley – Lady Emmeline Stuart-Wortley née Manners was an English poet and writer, best known for her Travels in the United States, etc. She was editor of The Keepsake in 1837 and 1840 and she was a daughter of John Manners, 5th Duke of Rutland and on 17 February 1831, she married Hon. Charles Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie, a son of James Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie, 1st Baron Wharncliffe. They had a daughter, Lady Victoria Welby, after the death of her husband in 1844, she began to travel as a wealthy Victorian widow, along with her daughter, Victoria. In October 1855, she died of dysentery in the area between Antioch and Beirut, while travelling through Ottoman Empire regions following the history of the early Christians, Travels in the United States, etc. During 1849 and 1850 The Maiden of MoscowEmmeline Charlotte Elizabeth Stuart-Wortley – Lady Emmeline Stuart-Wortley
39. Michael de la Pole, 2nd Earl of Suffolk – Michael de la Pole, 2nd Earl of Suffolk, an English nobleman, supported Henry IV against Richard II. He died during the Siege of Harfleur in 1415 and he was a son of Michael de la Pole, 1st Earl of Suffolk and Katherine Wingfield, daughter of Sir John Wingfield. His father fled abroad amid accusations of treason during the Merciless Parliament in 1388, forfeiting the title of Earl of Suffolk and the family estates. Over the next decade the younger Michael de la Pole made vigorous attempts to recover these lands, however, his close association with the Lords Appellant, particularly the Earl of Warwick and the Duke of Gloucester prejudiced Richard II against him. He finally obtained the restoration of the earldom in January 1398, while the first Parliament of Henry IV technically upheld the forfeitures of the Merciless Parliament, Henry IV immediately restored de la Poles estates and title in recognition of his support. However, he would spend the remainder of his trying to obtain possession of the remaining estates which had not been restored. He played a small role in national politics, although he regularly attended Parliament. He took part in the campaign in Scotland in 1400, in operations around 1405. Suffolk also acted as a lieutenant of the Duke of Clarence during his campaign of 1412–1413, however, he devoted most of his energies to re-establishing de la Pole influence in East Anglia. He took the role of a justice of the peace in Norfolk and Suffolk from 1399 and he completed his fathers building plans at Wingfield, Suffolk and enlarged the local church. Suffolk brought 40 men-at-arms and 120 archers with him on the 1415 campaign of Henry V in France and he died of dysentery at Harfleur, and was succeeded by his eldest son Michael, who later died at Agincourt. Michael married Katherine de Stafford, daughter of Hugh de Stafford and they were parents to at least eight childrenMichael de la Pole, 2nd Earl of Suffolk – The Tomb of Michael de la Pole, 2nd Earl of Suffolk and his wife in Wingfield Church
40. Theuderic II – Theuderic II, king of Burgundy and Austrasia, was the second son of Childebert II. He also received the lordship of the cities of Toulouse, Agen, Nantes, Angers, Saintes, Angoulême, Périgueux, Blois, Chartres, and Le Mans. During his minority, and later, he reigned under the guidance of his grandmother Brunhilda, in 596, Clotaire II, king of Neustria, and Fredegund, Clotaires mother, took Paris, which was supposed to be held in common. Fredegund, then her sons regent, sent a force to Laffaux, in 599, Brunhilda was forced out of Austrasia by Theudebert and she was found wandering near Arcis in Champagne by a peasant, who brought her to Theuderic. The peasant was rewarded with the bishopric of Auxerre. Theuderic welcomed her and readily fell under her influence, which was inclined to war with Theudebert at the time. Soon, Theuderic and his brother were at war and he defeated Theudebert at Sens, but their cousin Clotaires restless warmaking prompted them to ally against him. They resumed the fight against Neustria and, in 600, defeated Clotaire at Dormelles on the Orvanne, the land between the Seine and the Oise was divided between Theuderic and Theudebert, with Theuderic receiving the territory between the Seine and the Loire including the Breton frontier. They also campaigned together in Gascony, where they subjugated the local population, at this point, however, the two brothers took up arms against each other resulting in Theuderics defeat of Theudebert at Étampes. Theuderics kingdom was invaded by Clotaire and his mayor of the palace, Berthoald in 604, Theuderic met them at Étampes on the Louet, but Theudebert refused him aid. Theuderic won the day, but Berthoald was killed, the next mayor, Protadius, a partisan of Brunhilda, encouraged war with Austrasia, but the nobles assassinated him and battle was never met, a pact being enforced by Theuderics men. In 610, he lost Alsace, the Saintois, the Thurgau, however, he routed Theudebert at Toul and later at Tolbiac in 612. He captured the fleeing Theudebert in the battle and gave him over—after taking his royal paraphernalia—to his grandmother Brunhilda. Bishop Ludegast is said to have beseeched him in a fable to spare Theudeberts life, Brunhilda probably had Theudebert murdered to allow Theuderic to succeed to both thrones unhindered. Thus depriving himself of the opportunity of having legitimate offspring, he was succeeded by his bastard son Sigbert II under the regency of Brunhilda. Theuderic had four sons by unnamed mistresses, Sigebert II, who succeeded him in both his realms Childebert Corbus Merovech, godson of Clotaire II Wallace-Hadrill, J. M. translator, the Fourth Book of the Chronicle of Fredegar with its Continuations Connecticut, Greenwood Press,1960Theuderic II – The Frankish realm as it was after the Treaty of Andelot in 587. The Burgundian kingdom of Guntram (pink) was inherited first by Childebert II and then by Theuderic II.
41. Leo I the Thracian – Leo I was an Eastern Roman Emperor from 457 to 474. A native of Dacia Aureliana near historic Thrace, he was known as Leo the Thracian, ruling the Eastern Empire for nearly 20 years, Leo proved to be a capable ruler. He oversaw many ambitious political and military plans, aimed mostly for the aid of the faltering Western Roman Empire and he is notable for being the first Eastern Emperor to legislate in Greek rather than Latin. He is commemorated as a Saint in the Orthodox Church, with his feast day on January 20 and he was born Leo Marcellus in Thracia or in Dacia Aureliana province in the year 401 to a Thraco-Roman family. His Dacian origin is mentioned by Candidus Isaurus, while John Malalas believes that he was of Bessian stock and he served in the Roman army, rising to the rank of comes. Leo was the last of a series of emperors placed on the throne by Aspar, the Alan serving as commander-in-chief of the army, instead, Leo became more and more independent from Aspar, causing tension that would culminate in the assassination of the latter. Leos coronation as emperor on 7 February 457, was the first known to involve the Patriarch of Constantinople, Leo I made an alliance with the Isaurians and was thus able to eliminate Aspar. The price of the alliance was the marriage of Leos daughter to Tarasicodissa, leader of the Isaurians who, as Zeno, in 469, Aspar attempted to assassinate Zeno and very nearly succeeded. Finally, in 471, Aspars son Ardabur was implicated in a plot against Leo, Leo overestimated his capacities and he made some errors that menaced the internal order of the Empire. There were also some raids by the Huns, Leos reign was also noteworthy for his influence in the Western Roman Empire, marked by his appointment of Anthemius as Western Roman Emperor in 467. He attempted to build on this achievement with an expedition against the Vandals in 468. This disaster drained the Empire of men and money, the expedition, which cost 130,000 pounds of gold and 700 pounds of silver, consisted of 1,113 ships carrying 100,000 men, but in the end lost 600 ships. After this defeat, Vandals raided Greek coasts until a peace agreement was signed between Leo and Genseric. Leo became very unpopular in his last days as Emperor for abolishing any non-religious celebration or event on Sundays, Leo died of dysentery at the age of 73 on 18 January 474. Leo and Verina had three children and their eldest daughter Ariadne was born prior to the death of Marcian. Ariadne had a sister, Leontia. Leontia was first betrothed to Patricius, a son of Aspar, Leontia then married Marcian, a son of Emperor Anthemius and Marcia Euphemia. The couple led a revolt against Zeno in 478–479Leo I the Thracian – Imperial portrait of Leo I at the Louvre Museum
42. Kyra Vassiliki – Vassiliki Kontaxi, nicknamed Kyra Vassiliki was an influential Greek woman brought up in the seraglio of the Ottoman ruler Ali Pasha. Vassiliki Kontaxi was born in the Greek village of Plisivitsa in Thesprotia, at the age of twelve she sought an audience with the local Ottoman ruler, Ali Pasha, to intercede for her fathers life. Having granted her father pardon, Ali Pasha married Vassiliki in 1808, being allowed to practice her Christian faith, she interceded on behalf of Greeks. She was perhaps contacted by the Greek patriotic organization Filiki Eteria During this period she undertook a number of charity initiatives, in 1819–20 she financed a number of restoration works in Mount Athos. In January 1822, during the last stage of the siege of Ioannina by the Ottoman Sultans forces, Vassiliki together with Ali Pasha, Ali Pasha was executed there on January 22 by an Ottoman delegation, having being declared an outlaw by the Sultan. Following Alis death, Vassiliki was sent as a prisoner to the Ottoman capital and she was later pardoned and returned to Greece, which meanwhile gained its independence after the successful Greek War of Independence. In 1830, the Greek state gave Vassiliki a medieval tower in Katochi and she died of dysentery in 1834. In 1895, the gold-embroidered velvet purse of Vassiliki was bought by Nikolaos Konstantinidis for 25 drachmas, Vassiliki was depicted by various artistsKyra Vassiliki – Portrait of Kyra Vassiliki, 1850
43. William H.C. Whiting – He was wounded at the Second Battle of Fort Fisher by a musket ball to his leg, and died in prison camp on March 10,1865 of dysentery. William Whiting was born on March 22,1824, in the community of Biloxi in southern Mississippi. At the age of twelve, he was a student and graduate of English High School of Boston in Boston. At sixteen, he graduated from Georgetown College in Washington, D. C, appointed Second Lieutenant of Engineers, Whiting was involved in constructing seacoast defenses in Maryland and Florida and surveying military routes and frontier forts in west Texas. Whiting served at Fort Davis, Texas and he was the first to survey the Big Bend area for the U. S. Army. Promoted to First Lieutenant in 1853, Whiting was sent west, erecting harbor fortifications in San Francisco, California, lt. Whiting spent the five years before the Civil War improving rivers, canals, and harbors in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. He was promoted to Captain in the Corps of Engineers in 1858, in January 1861, Captain Whiting was an engineer responsible for US Army installations in Georgia and Florida. As Georgia and Florida state militia seized these sites by force, on January 3, Whiting received information that Georgia was moving to take Fort Marion, but he made no effort to warn the garrison there or its commander. By the end of the month, more than half a dozen U. S. Army forts, arsenals, Whiting resigned his commission February 20,1861, in the weeks before Fort Sumter. He was appointed Major of Engineers in the ACSA, the regular Confederate States Army, while improving the defenses of Charleston harbor he was also named Brigadier and Inspector General of the North Carolina Militia. During the first Battle of Fort Sumter he served on the staff of General P. G. T, later Whiting served under General Joseph E. Johnston as Chief Engineer of the Army of the Shenandoah and at the First Battle of Bull Run. After a brief service as Inspector General he was promoted to Brigadier General on July 21,1861, Davis, himself a Mississippian, ordered the suspension of Whiting from his rank and position, effectively demoting him to Major of Engineers again. It was only due to General Joe Johnstons hearty requests and protests that Whiting was reinstated to his rank, despite the earlier controversy, Whiting was elevated to division command in early 1862, though Johnstons promotion request was denied. He led his division, consisting of the brigades of Hood, Hampton, Law, Pettigrew and Hatton. Stationed in the center of the Confederate line he led his force into the flanks of Keyess IV Corps, despite the repulse and heavy losses Whiting was praised by General Joe Johnston. Whiting rapidly redeployed with 11 regiments to support Stonewall Jackson in his second Valley Campaign, afterwards he returned southward by rail to arrive in time for the Peninsula Campaign, leading his division in the battles at Gaines Mill and Malvern Hill. Whiting was assigned to command the more peaceful Military District of Wilmington, by late 1864, Whiting found himself defending the district against forces under Maj. Gen. Alfred Howe Terry in the Wilmington Campaign. Wounded in the thigh and hip he was captured in the Second Battle of Fort FisherWilliam H.C. Whiting – Major General William H.C. Whiting
44. Zeno (emperor) – Zeno the Isaurian, originally named Tarasis Kodisa Rousombladadiotes /ˈtærəsᵻs/, was Eastern Roman Emperor from 474 to 475 and again from 476 to 491. Domestic revolts and religious dissension plagued his reign, which succeeded to some extent in foreign issues. His reign saw the end of the Western Roman Empire under Romulus Augustus, Zenos original name was Tarasis, and more accurately Tarasikodissa in his native Isaurian language. Tarasis was born in Isauria, at Rusumblada, later renamed Zenonopolis in Zenos honour and his father was called Kodisa, his mother Lallis, his brother Longinus. Tarasis had a wife, Arcadia, whose name indicates a relationship with the Constantinopolitan aristocracy, the Isaurians were a people who lived inland from the Mediterranean coast of Anatolia, in the core of the Taurus Mountains. Like most borderland tribes, they were looked upon as barbarians by the Romans even though they had been Roman subjects for more than five centuries. However, being Orthodox Christians rather than Arians, as the Goths and other Germanic tribes were, they were not formally barred from the throne. According to some scholars, in the mid-460s, Eastern Roman Emperor Leo I wanted to balance the weight of the Germanic component of the army and he thought that Tarasis and his Isaurians could be that counterweight, and called him, with many Isaurians, to Constantinople. This interpretation, however, has been contested, by mid-460s, Arcadia and Zeno had been living at Constantinople for some time, where also Lallis and Longinus lived, the latter married to a Valeria, possibly a woman of aristocrat rank. Through these letters, which Tarasis gave to Leo, the Emperor could dismiss Ardabur, as reward for his loyalty, which Leo praised with Daniel the Stylite, Tarasis was appointed comes domesticorum, an office of great influence and prestige. This appointment could mean that Tarasis had been a protector domesticus, either at Leos court in Constantinople, or attached at Ardaburs staff in Antioch. In 465, Leo and Aspar quarreled about the appointment of consuls for the year, it was on this occasion that Tarasis position was strengthened, as he became friend. To make himself acceptable to the Roman hierarchy and the population of Constantinople, Tarasis adopted the Greek name of Zeno. In mid-late 466, Zeno married Ariadne, elder daughter of Leo I and Verina, as there is no reference to a divorce with Arcadia, she should have died in those years. Zeno, however, was not present at the birth of his son, as in 467, Zeno, as member of the protectores domestici, did not take part in the disastrous expedition against the Vandals, led in 468 by Leos brother-in-law Basiliscus. The following year, during which he held the honour of the consulate, he was appointed magister militum per Thracias, the sources do not clearly state what enemy he fought there, and historians had proposed either Goths or Huns, or the rebels of Anagastes. What happened was that Leo sent some of his soldiers with Zeno to protect him. Zeno was informed of their intention and fled to Serdica, and because of this episode, after the attack, Zeno did not return to Constantinople, where Aspar and Ardabur were and had still considerable powerZeno (emperor) – Zeno depicted on a Tremissis; the coin's design celebrates Zeno's victories, and was issued during his second reign.