Europe has a rich history filled with some very interesting tales, here are some that may or may not have heard of.
In the late 1930’s a widespread campaign of repression took place across the Soviet Union, predominantly targeted against peasants, and purging of the Communist Party and Red Army leadership.
Pope Gregory IX will mostly be remembered for the Papal inquisition, a process designed to start punishing people for the act of heresy, but he will also be remembered for instigating the great cat cull across Europe in 1232.
Dancing can be an exhaustive activity at times, and we're not talking about Saturday Night Fever here. In the French city of Strasbourg in 1518, a great dancing plague swept the city, leading to many people literally dancing themselves to death.
One of the most interesting tales to come out of the Slavic states was that of Princess Olga of Kiev, and her bloody campaign of revenge.
In what is most likely one of the strangest military battles ever fought, in 1788, the Austrian army lost 10,000 soldiers in battle without even facing an enemy.
When you think of the Crusades you would most likely assume the war fought between Christian and Muslim forces for control of the Holy Land, however the Northern Crusades were a different story altogether.
History has bear witness to many conflicts fought over land and territory, but none quite as strange as the short-lived island of Ferdinandea.
Throughout history there have been some strange trials, with unexpected outcomes, and then there's the tale of Pope Formosus. The Pope who never lived to see his trial, but the trial was held none the less.