11 Common Myths About Historical Figures


The more famous a person gets the more likely it is that people will make things up about them, almost to the point of ridicule sometimes. It was Napoleon Bonaparte actually, who said that history is just a set of lies that people have agreed upon. This being said, it doesn’t really come as much of a surprise that some completely outrageous rumors do sometimes find their way into the history books despite being entirely false to begin with. Let us then take a look at some of the most well-known myths about prominent historical figures, myths that needless to say, were proven time and time again to be untrue.

11Jose Rizal was Jack the Ripper or Adolf Hitler’s Father

The national hero of the Philippines, Jose Rizal’s life has been the subject of countless tales, some factual others not so much. Two of the most notable tales surrounding his life involve his stay in London and his alleged romantic escapades in Europe. The first tale claims that while Jose Rizal was staying in London between 1888 and 1889, he engaged in some serial killing. In fact the story goes that Rizal might have been the infamous Jack the Ripper. The story was widely accepted as true due to the similarity of the initials JR. The other story involves Rizal’s alleged escapades with a certain European Woman by the name of Klara Polzl who was Adolf Hitler’s mother. Historians and genealogist have always disproved the notion that Rizal could have been the Führer’s father.