Gentle readers! Welcome to a new feature of Archaeologist for Hire: This week in Badass History!
Most folks are aware that cool things often happen over the course of time, but it needs to be noted just how badass the people and events of the past were.
41 – Gaius Caesar (Caligula), known for his eccentricity and cruel despotism, is assassinated by his disgruntled Praetorian Guards. Claudius succeeds his nephew.
814 – Charlemagne (b. 742) (Ok, so perhaps death isn’t the most badass thing but Charlemagne *was* badass, so he gets included.)
971 – In China, the war elephant corps of the Southern Han are soundly defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops.
1606 – Gunpowder Plot: The trial of Guy Fawkes and other conspirators begins, ending with their execution on January 31.
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