Many nations have adopted origin stories in order to link themselves more closely to heroic, historical figures.
Why are Victorians the default haunted house, what do ghosts have to do with the imagination, and why do we like to be scared?
Quick: Picture a haunted house. It's probably a Victorian mansion, right? Here's how these structures became signifiers of horror, haunting, and death.
Though he was once dismissed as a dilettante, naturalist Francis Willughby was in fact part of the vanguard of observation-based modern science.