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Firsthand Descriptions Of Historical Figures As Children

Perceptions of historical figures are often very different from reality. Descriptions of prolific men and women across the ages may or may not line up with how we envision them, whether it's the physical appearance of maligned temptress Anne Boleyn or Mozart's unimpressive features. 

The same is true when it comes to the backgrounds of these individuals. What did historical figures look like as children?

Luckily, contemporaries of numerous notable leaders, intellectuals, and creative elites have offered descriptions of what they looked like in their youth. Accounts of influential figures generally include accompanying perceptions of the person's overall demeanor and, with the gift of hindsight, provide a glimpse into their lasting legacies.