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Strange Stories from History for Young People

George Cary Eggleston

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. . .Anne, and was baptized on the same day.

Having now become a Christian, the Grand Prince determined that his Russians should do the same. He publicly stripped the god Perune of his gorgeous golden whiskers, and of his rich vestments, showing the people that Perune was only a log of wood. Then he had the deposed god whipped in public, and thrown into the river, with all the other gods.

He next ordered all the people of his capital city to assemble on the banks of the Dnieper River, and, at a signal, made them all rush into the water, while a priest pronounced the baptismal service over the whole population of the city at once. It was the most wholesale baptism ever performed.


That is the way in which Russia was changed from a pagan to a Christian empire. The story reads like a romance, but it is plain, well-authenticated history. For his military exploits the Russian historians call . . . Read More

Community Reviews

I found some of these stories to be rather interesting, but as a collection they all seemed rather trite. As I read through the book I also wondered at their at their accuracy. I have not researched the details on all of his stories but I did look up Catherine I of Russia. In the "Story about Cat...more

It was interesting to read this book and hear about some historical things that I didn't know about. The stories are all short and can be read and finished quickly.

Quick read and perfect for the young aspiring historian

The book was interesting, comical at times, and leaves a reader wanting to know more about the subject being read. I was particularly pleased to see a story of an incident that took place near my home.