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You're familiar with their names and many of their stories, but there's more to most historical figures than what's in the basic textbooks. "Mystery Files" has modern historians, scientists and scholars investigate ancient artifacts, documents and locations in search of answers to age-old questions about history. Episodes look for proof that explorer Marco Polo existed, an explanation for how Joan of Arc overcame hardships to become a legendary saint, details about Abraham Lincoln's dark past, and an end to the debate about English soldier T.E. Lawrence, the inspiration for the film "Lawrence of Arabia."

Latest episodes

aired 101 days ago
Adolf Hitler's traumatic experiences in WWI may have influenced his actions in WWII.
aired 186 days ago
The Earl of Leicester's wife mysteriously falls down stairs and dies amidst rumors that he's having an affair with Queen Elizabeth I.
aired 191 days ago
Captain Kidd's trial and execution is retraced.
aired 191 days ago
The tomb of Alexander the Great disappeared 2,000 years ago.
aired 192 days ago
Richard III's guilt is investigated using modern techniques.
aired 192 days ago
Marco Polo's adventures are investigated.
aired 192 days ago
A man from Catholic Ireland may have been Zorro's inspiration.
aired 193 days ago
Joan of Arc's bravery in wartime acts may have a logical explanation.
aired 194 days ago
Saladin is considered to be one of the greatest military commanders of all time.
aired 194 days ago
Investigators piece together ruins and documents to see if King Arthur really did exist.
aired 197 days ago
Investigating rumors of a female pope in the ninth century.
aired 197 days ago
Experts investigate rumors that Shah Jahan planned to build a black marble twin of the Taj Mahal - a mausoleum for himself built within sight of his wife's great monument.
aired 198 days ago
The Battle of the Little Bighorn.
aired 198 days ago
Searching for the truth of Lawrence of Arabia.
aired 199 days ago
Abraham Lincoln's life as a farmer greatly affected his actions as President.
aired 200 days ago
Much of the Nativity story may be misinterpretation, historical confusion or folklore; experts examine archeology, the Gospels and the Bible languages in a hunt for the truth.
aired 200 days ago
Isaac Newton burned boxes full of manuscripts just before his death.
aired 201 days ago
The truth of Leonardo da Vinci as an inventor.
aired 201 days ago
The prophecies of 16th-century physician Nostradamus are put to the test.

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