It was the divine language with which he described his subjects that made this work a classic.
The circumstances of her birth in October, 1892 surely foretold her long life and influential career-- it was, in the end, a textbook case.
To disagree with him is, and any student should know, to be not a philosopher at all; but he brooked no high honors and worked as a lens grinder until his death.
This Castilian libertine's fate ranged, in the various tales, from being doomed to hell to being permitted into Heaven; in some variants, he even walks into Hell himself.
Quelling the strife between the Franciscans and other orders and greatly strengthening the Papacy was not enough for this Roman clergyman to escape an author's ire, his over-concern for his family's fates an easy target to lampoon.
It was Theseus who, in bold Heraclian style, sent this smith on his own final journey.
This distinguished city Sikh could barely walk as a child, but went on to break eight world records in a single day.
The satyr he treated with the utmost of hospitality, but the blessing he received in turn became his curse, and for his later honesty he was given the ears of an ass.
He made quite the fortune, most remarkably - along the usual slaves and silver trade, and whatnot - by buying up burning houses and the houses near them on the spot, and using his clients to fight the fire afterwards.
A mean man, or was he a meal man? This Malthusian’s name might mean squeezing or pressing, but by dint of spiritual intervention he came to keep Christmas well if any man alive possessed the knowledge.
They never found the gun that killed him, but nearly all agree that the bullet which missed the heart was fired out of his own weapon. Only long after his death was his art recognized as widely as he and his brother knew it should be.
The only known execution for his sin in his land, this peasant was certain that if the bread were truly the body of Christ, "you would have eaten it all yourself a long time ago".
Ranked among the greatest of Britons, the Zanzibari celebrations in his posthumous honor were cancelled due to complaints from the religious.
This houseguest so exemplified a sin, and with such skill, that it became synonymous with him and brought threats of excommunication upon the actors and audience.
He could not be surfeited by the Empire, but hardly had the time to try, for in a mere eight months he lost his head and the throne.
Gujarati-born, this vegetarian was often derided for his preferred half-naked state.
His valor and bravery were renowned, but he never could live down his record at West Point.
This biologist did extensive research into the breadth of phenotypical effects of genes, but it was his authored works that attracted the fulminating attention of the faithful.
Journalist, traveling salesman, electrical engineer, and organizer of assassins, this man fled from his Court of Honor in Paris to Germany.