Brings to light 12 of history's secret groups including The Knights Templar whose purpose was to protect travelers to holy sites after the Crusades; The Freemasons, one of the world's oldest secret societies that performs chartiy work; The Molly Maguires who began in Ireland in the 1840s as a secret society that stood up against landlords and bosses who treated them poorly; and more. The book features historic photos, interesting sidebars, and thought-provoking prompts.
Ever wondered what sort of silly things go on behind the White House doors? From alligators in the bathroom to sheep on the lawn, the United States presidents are full of surprising stories! Discover some of the wackiest, really weird, totally true presidential tales from throughout American history!
Brings to light 12 deserted cities and places such as the ancient city of Angkor Wat which was hidden deep in the Cambodian jungle for centuries; Hashima Island off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan that was once mined for its rich coal reserves unitl abandoned in the 1970's; Machu Picchu that was built more than 2,400 meters above sea level in Peru; and more. The book features historic photos, interesting sidebars, and thought-provoking prompts.
Deep in the Scottish Highlands resides the castle known as Balmoral. You may have heard of its owner, for she is none other than the Queen of England. Purchased by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the 1840s, Balmoral became a magical retreat for the royal family to spend their holidays alone together, much like other families do. So, let the bagpipers begin to play and the Highland dancers begin to swirl and twirl - the Scottish culture and beautiful countryside surrounding Balmoral await you.
Glamis Castle is one of the most intriguing places in all of Scotland. Visitors from all over the world make a trip to the famous residence each year. Some are drawn to the castle's long history of royal residents, including the late Queen Mother of Queen Elizabeth II. Others want to know what it's like to walk the halls of the fortress that has served as the setting for many scary tales. Still, others delight in strolling through the estate's colorful gardens. No matter what brings visitors to the wondrous estate, they are sure to remember their time at this historic and spooky site.
While America isn't ruled by a royal family, our country nevertheless has some homes worthy of the name "castle"! La Cuesta Encantada near San Simeon, California, is one of them. Better known as Hearst Castle, this once private dwelling resembles a Mediterranean town high up in the Santa Lucia Mountains. There, media mogul William Randolph Hearst originally planned to build a simple summer place for his family. But his three-decade partnership with architect Julia Morgan resulted in an enormous estate that includes multiple guesthouses, swimming pools, an airport and even a zoo! Today, the castle is open to the public. Come on inside and let's take a tour of one of America's most famous homes!
The Palace of Versailles is one of the most visited attractions in the world. But what is the importance of this place other than a beautiful dwelling? The history of Versailles - why the palace was built and who lived there over the centuries - is fully detailed in this book. You'll get a glimpse into the world of the French kings and aristocracy and discover what it was really like to live at this stunning abode. You'll also find out the fate of the last French royal family to dwell at Versailles and why they met an untimely demise. Flip open the pages - the fascinating, glamorous, and intriguing world of Versailles is waiting for you.