10 Unsung Heroes Of History

Heroes without the headlines.


Though history is packed with storied tales of epic heroes and devilish villains, the exploits of many brave or intellectual people often go overlooked.

History is not simply shaped by those who wore crowns, owned land and commandeered headlines. Instead, it is built upon the foundations of ordinary people doing very extraordinary things, and though we're frequently reminded of the pioneering exploits of Sir Isaac Newton or George Washington, there's always another person on whom the spotlight doesn't shine so bright.

So much of the intrigue of history is demystifying the happenings that aren't ingrained into our minds during lengthy lessons at school. Documentaries appeal to our sense of wonder, and aid our quest to better understand the less familiar influencers of modern history. Not only does this give us bragging rights during heated intellectual debates around the dinner table, but also piques our curiosity to know the unsung heroes of our favourite historical periods.

So to introduce you to such figures, and bolster your bid to impress, these ten figures had far more of an impact than we're led to believe, from activists and nurses to racing drivers and medieval knights.

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