Eric The Red was a Norwegian farmer in the 10th century. After finding himself incompatible with the rules of civilisation he sailed west looking for a new place to call home in the frigid wastes of Greenland Now, the ruins of a tiny stone church are the only reminder of his colony that had once tamed this harsh and unforgiving land... What happened to it?
In the year 1565 an enormous Ottoman fleet departed Constantinople heading for the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta. With around 40,000 troops onboard, the army was tasked with the eradication of a handful of Christian knights, 'The Knights Hospitaller'. With only around 500 knights to defend the island, it seemed the siege would be over quickly. Right? Wrong.
Alfred was the ruler of the Kingdom of Wessex in the 9th century. As the rest of England fell to Viking invaders he won a string of miraculous victories and pushed back the heathens. It seemed God stood with him, but for how long?
Abu Tahir was the leader of a mystical offshoot of mainstream Islam known as Qarmatians. He created a communist society, and defended it from the Abbasid Caliphate. But soon his hatred would drive him to do something that would cement his place in Islamic history as one of the most despised men to ever have existed.
Imadaddin Nasimi wrote heretical poetry in 14th century Azerbaijan. Despite being banned, his altruistic poetry was incredibly popular and helped give rise to the Azerbaijani language.
The March of Barcelona was created as a buffer zone by Charlemagne in the 8th century. Over the course of years, all counties except Andorra were absorbed by Spain or France. Listen in for the bizarre history of why Andorra exists as an independent country to this day.