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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Historic people with disabilities

I hadn't planned a post for today but read this on BBC and thought I'd share. You can read the entire article here, it's pretty interesting but here are a few highlights:

  • Henricus Dandolo or Enrico Dandolo--Doge of the Republic of Venice from 1192, Dandolo led the Fourth Crusade - an expedition intended to conquer Muslim Egypt - to Constantinople. His armies smashed the heart of the Christian Byzantine Empire. He achieved all this when he was in his 90s. And he had been blind for more than two decades.
  • King John of Bohemia died on horseback in the thick of the Battle of Crecy against the English, having been blind for over a decade.
  • Lord Horatio Nelson--He lost the sight in his right eye during the siege of Calvi, in Corsica, in 1794 and his right arm at the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife three years later.

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