So here's a fun fact: while the true identity of the Man in the Iron Mask (the movie about whom is the subject of our award-winning History vs. Hollywood series on February 13th) is a mystery, this was not the only time that a nameless prisoner was kept confined for most of his adult life.
Ivan VI came to the Romanov throne in 1740 at age 2 months. He was deposed one year later and spent the remainder of his life in total isolation on the orders of Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great, never educated, and only seeing his jailer. Called "the nameless one," he was killed at age 23 by his guards when a group of army officers attempted to rescue him. Lesson: being a Romanov is risky.
Now back to The Man in the Iron Mask. Who was he? The rightful King of France? Did the Alexandre Dumas book get it right? Did Leonardo DiCaprio? Did Richard Chamberlain?
So many questions that demand answers. Dr. Jonathan Abel has them. Come and find out. 7PM, 13 February at the Leavenworth Public Library.