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Bartholomew I Becomes Patriarch of Constantinople

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople serves as the Archbishop of Constantinople and as spiritual leader and chief spokesperson for the Eastern Orthodox Churches. The current Patriarch, Bartholomew I, has been particularly active internationally, working to rebuild the Orthodox Churches of the former Eastern Bloc following the fall of Communism, and also continuing reconciliation dialogues with the Roman Catholic Church. His reputation as an environmentalist has earned him what nicknames?



The Indian March of Paul

The Indian March of Paul, a secret plot to attack British territories in India, was organized by Napoleon Bonaparte and his coconspirator Emperor Paul I of Russia. The plan called for two infantry units, one Russian and one French, to march to India. In a possible attempt to mask the true objective of the campaign, engineers, painters, and scientists were included in the expeditionary force. The Russian unit began its march to India in January 1801, but turned back a few months later; why?

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Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette was the wife of King Louis XVI of France. Their marriage was designed to ally France with its long-time enemy, Austria. Marie was initially popular, but her devotion to Austrian interests and her reputation for heedless extravagance hastened the public's disillusionment with the monarchy and helped to provoke the French Revolution. She was executed by guillotine in 1793, along with her husband and thousands of others. What was the famous "Affair of the Diamond Necklace"?

Last updated on Sunday, 2nd November 2008

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