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Queen Elizabeth's Master of Horse helped her mount and dismount, making him the only man who could touch her legally.

Since a tontine paid an annuity for the lifetime of the designated person, people quickly learned to arrange for the designated person to be a five-year-old girl, for maximum effect. Girls lived longer, and in the 19th century, you waited for five to get past the fearful infant mortality.

In early Islamic empire, you had to affiliate with an Arabic tribe, and usually take on an Arabic name, to convert to Islam.

In the Dark Ages, a saint's life of a lay aristocrat recounted the tale of his buying cherries from a peasant rather than just taking them.

All the Indian National Congress except Gandhi supported the British side during World War II. Gandhi -- waffled.

In Puritan New England, when they bought the baby to the meeting house for baptism during winter, they often had to break the ice on the font to do it. Some ministers practiced baptism by immersion, still.

The ships of the Hanseatic League often sailed in convey for protection against pirates in the Baltic.

Early in the twentieth century, gasoline was often sold by hardware stores, groceries, bicycle shops, and others. They would sell more than one brand of gasoline just as they would sell multiple brands of any other product.

In all the violent seizures of the position of emperor -- in Rome or Byzantine -- the only one to be a woman was Irene, who deposed and blinded her son before ruling in her own right, a feat not to be duplicated until Elizabeth pulled it off in Russia.

Henry VII's daughter Mary was Lady Mary until she became the wife of a Scottish prince, making her a princess.

In one medieval fight in Eastern Europe, a noble refused to surrender to the soldiers facing him; he had to surrender to the prince that commanded them. So they sent for the prince, and went on fighting, and the noble was killed before he could surrender. This was presented in histories as a noble and worthy thing for him to have done.

In Victorian times, one retelling of King Arthur for children had Lancelot's love and admiration for Queen Guenevere be pure knightly chivalry. Mordred's accusations were pure slander. It was highly favored.

The first icons exalted in Orthodox Christianity were explicitly described as "not made by human hands" -- or miraclously formed.

In Nazi Germany, the cottage-style gasoline station was widely favored.

Queen Elizabeth adopted black and white as her colors while living in semi-exile as a princess, and kept to them life-long.

Medieval Baltic pirates would put any survivors of their attacks in barrels to keep them for later ransom.

Pippin, founding the Carolingian dynasty, was the first French king to be anointed. Indeed, he got it twice, once from an archbishop, and once from a pope, when Stephen II became the first pope to go north of the Alps.

There were tales in post-World War II Soviet Union not about nouveau riche but about generals' wives -- they mysteriously owned the gowns of German aristocratic ladies, but they had not the sense to tell the difference between an evening gown and a night gown.

Rivers were major trading routes in the Middle Ages, but the rapids were notorious. Frequently they set out in spring, so the rising water would make the rapids more passable, but the current could get quite fast if they timed it wrong.

When the Royal College of Physicians appealed to her against an illegal apocathery selling herbal remedies, Queen Elizabeth roundly turned on them and demanded that they leave the woman alone to do so.

When American gasoline stations turned toward novelty road-side attraction shapes, one common East-Coast architecture had a lighthouse on top.
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