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This week Britannica marks the 125th anniversary of the start of Oscar Wilde's libel trial. Wilde, a brilliant playwright and legendary raconteur, had sued the marquess of Queensberry, a violent bully and the father of Wilde's mercurial lover Lord Alfred Douglas. Queensbury had called Wilde a

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Posted: (3 years ago) This week Britannica marks the 125th anniversary of the start of Oscar Wilde's libel trial. Wilde, a brilliant playwright and legendary raconteur, had sued the marquess of Queensberry, a violent bully and the father of Wilde's mercurial lover Lord Alfred Douglas. Queensbury had called Wilde a ...

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Isaiah | Biography & Facts | Britannica

Posted: (4 days ago) Isaiah, prophet after whom the biblical Book of Isaiah is named, a significant contributor to Jewish and Christian traditions. His call to prophecy in about 742 BCE coincided with the beginnings of the westward expansion of the Assyrian empire, which Isaiah proclaimed to be a warning from God to godless people.

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penguin | Features, Habitat, & Facts | Britannica

Posted: (5 days ago) Penguin, (order Sphenisciformes), any of 18 species of flightless marine birds that live only in the Southern Hemisphere. The majority of the 18 species live not in Antarctica but rather between latitudes 45° and 60° S, where they breed on islands.

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Prussia | History, Maps, & Definition | Britannica

Posted: (3 days ago) Prussia, in European history, any of three historical areas of eastern and central Europe. It is most often associated with the kingdom ruled by the German Hohenzollern dynasty, which claimed much of northern Germany and western Poland in the 18th and 19th centuries and united Germany under its leadership in 1871.

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Passover | Judaism | Britannica

Posted: (3 days ago) Passover, in Judaism, holiday commemorating the Hebrews’ liberation from slavery in Egypt and the “passing over” of the forces of destruction, or the sparing of the firstborn of the Israelites, when the Lord “smote the land of Egypt” on the eve of the Exodus. The festival thus marks the first and

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Melchizedek | Story, Meaning, & Facts | Britannica

Posted: (3 days ago) Melchizedek, in the Old Testament, a figure of importance in biblical tradition because he was both king and priest, was connected to Jerusalem, and was revered by Abraham, who paid a tithe to him. Learn more about the biblical story of Melchizedek in this article.

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Guam | History, Geography, & Points of Interest | Britannica

Posted: (3 days ago) Guam: Religious affiliationEncyclopædia Britannica, Inc.; The Chamorro language is an Austronesian language that has, over time, come to incorporate many Spanish words. The word Chamorro is derived from Chamorri, or Chamoli, meaning “noble.” English and Chamorro are the official languages; although Chamorro is still used in many homes, English is the language of education and commerce.

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Comanche | History & Facts | Britannica

Posted: (5 days ago) The Comanche had previously been part of the Wyoming Shoshone. They moved south in successive stages, attacking and displacing other tribes, notably the Apache, whom they drove from the southern Plains. By the early 1800s the Comanche were very powerful, with a population estimated at from 7,000 to as many as 30,000 individuals.

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Lutheranism | Definition, Beliefs, History, & Facts ...

Posted: (6 days ago) Lutheranism, the branch of Christianity that traces its interpretation of the Christian religion to the teachings of Martin Luther and the 16th-century movements that issued from his reforms. It is the second largest Protestant denomination after the Baptist churches. Learn more about Lutheranism in this article.

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