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Biographies and resources on famous (and infamous) individuals, ordered alphabetically.
  1. Antoinette, Marie (3)
  2. Bede (4)
  3. Bonaparte, Napoleon (6)
  4. Brooke, Rupert (2)
  5. Catherine the Great (2)
  6. Elizabeth I of England (1)
  7. Franco, Francisco (1)
  8. Gorbachev, Mikhail (1)
  9. Graves, Robert (2)
  10. Henry V of England (7)
  11. Henry VIII of England (3)
  12. Hitler, Adolf (2)
  13. Jack the Ripper (8)
  14. Mussolini, Benito (2)
  15. Owen, Wilfred (2)
  16. Samuel Pepys (5)
  17. Stalin (2)
  18. Thatcher, Margaret (1)
  19. Vlad the Impaler (1)

Lenin
Lenin: the most important politician in history? Your Guide presents a biography of the frequently misrepresented Lenin.

Kings and Queens / Heads of State
Lists of kings, queens, emperors, Popes and heads of state.

Key European Dictators from the Twentieth Century
This page details the major dictators from Europe’s recent history.

Slobodan Milosevic
Slobodan Milosevic was the Serb leader who, perhaps more than any other single person, caused the Wars of the Former Yugoslavia.

Adolf Eichmann
A biography of Nazi organizer Adolf Eichmann.

King John
King John remains one of England's most unpopular monarchs. Your Guide explains why.

Pauline Bonaparte
Pauline Bonaparte was the favorite younger sister of French Emperor Napoleon.

The Location of Mozart's Grave
We know which cemetery Mozart is buried in, but we aren't sure where his grave is, giving rise to certain false beliefs about the composer.

Elizabeth Báthory
Was the infamous Elizabeth Báthory really guilty? Possibly not...

Tito - Josip Broz
Josip Broz was better known as Tito, and he led Communist forces within Yugoslavia during World War 2 and afterwards.

Radovan Karadzic
Radovan Karadzic was Bosnian Serbs' civilian leader during the Wars of the Former Yugoslavia.

King Richard I of England
King Richard I of England was praised for centuries, but then historians took a far dimmer view...

Eleanor of Aquitaine
Eleanor of Aquitaine was queen of both England and France in the twelfth century.

Elizabeth II
A biography of Elizabeth II, one of the longest reigning monarchs of Britain.

Ada Lovelace
Ada Lovelace is, to her modern admirers, the first computer programmer.

Josephine de Beauharnais / Bonaparte
A biography of Josephine, Napoleon's first wife.

Arthur Wellesley, First Duke of Wellington
The Duke of Wellington was one of Britain's most successful soldier-statesmen.

Horatio Nelson
The man who has been called Britain's "God of War."

Pasquale Paoli
Pasquale Paoli was a Corsican revolutionary.

Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger
Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.

Charles-Maurice Talleyrand
Talleyrand was one of the great survivors in French history.

Michel Ney, Duke d’Elchingen
Ney, the man who won the epitaph 'the bravest of the brave.'

Eugène de Beauharnais
Eugène de Beauharnais was Napoleon's able stepson.

Procopius Waldvogel
Procopius Waldvogel is a bit of a mystery in the history of print.

Laurens Coster
Laurens Coster is the center of a myth surrounding Gutenberg and printing.

Girolamo Savonarola
Savonarola was a friar and preacher who came to dominate Florentine life through visions before his fall.

Gilles de Rais
Gilles de Rais: successful commander and victim of politics, or medieval serial killer?

Friedrich Ebert
A biography of Friedrich Ebert, architect of the Weimar Republic.

Paul von Hindenburg
Paul von Hindenburg played a key role as a German commander in the First World War, and looms large in the story of how the second started.

Gustav Stresemann
Gustav Stresemann was the leading politician of the Weimar era, but his motives remain controversial.

Who was Anton Drexler?
Anton Drexler was a founder of what became the Nazi Party.

Ernst Röhm
A biography of early Nazi and SA leader Ernst Rohm.

Gregor Strasser
This biography looks at early Nazi leader Gregor Strasser.

Franz von Papen
This article explains Papen's role in the fall of Germany's Weimar government and Hitler's acquisition of power.

Heinrich Brüning
This biography of Heinrich Bruning also explains how he accidentally helped Hitler.

Erich Ludendorff
Profile of Erich Ludendorff, one of the key German commanders in World War One.

Alfred Hugenberg
Press baron Alfred Hugenberg was a right wing leader in the last years of Weimar, and an awkward early ally of Hitler.

Joseph Goebbels
This biography introduces Joseph Goebbels, the propaganda genius who made the Nazis so effective at key times in their history.

Hermann Goering / Göring
This biography narrates the life of air ace and Nazi Hermann Goering, whose failures would do so much to lead to allied victory in World War 2.

Heinrich Himmler
This biography looks at the head of the SS, Gestapo and concentration camp system in the Nazi empire: Heinrich Himmler.

Rudolf Hess
This biography covers the slavish devotion of Hess to Hitler, and his bizarre and still not entirely understood flight to Britain in World War 2.

Reinhard Heydrich
This biography looks at leading SS man Reinhard Heydrich and his role in the Third Reich.

Albert Speer
A biography of the architect who rose to power in World War 2.

Joachim von Ribbentrop
Joachim von Ribbentrop was a leading Nazi diplomat.

Martin Bormann
Martin Bormann became one of the most powerful men in the twilight of Nazi Germany.

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