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Historic Sailing Ship, The Lady Washington

by Amanda Mae Downey So if you’ve stuck with Pirates of Poland for this long, you may notice that something is a little different…we’re posting on Wednesdays! Anna’s and my (mostly my) schedule changed. Moreover, I think we might like Read more…


The Real Men and Women of Warsaw who Inspired Street of Peacocks

By Anna Wahler Welcome to the last installment in my series of real-life inspiration, where I write about the real men and women who inspired the fictional characters in my historical novels! If you missed the previous posts, you can Read more…


Weird History: The Curse of Sarah Winchester

Sarah Lockwood

by Amanda Mae Downey So, as a lover of history, I learn a lot of strange things, but I don’t always have the ability to work them into my Five Real-Life People articles. Tragic, I know. So I’m starting a Read more…


Two Major events in Polish WWII History you may be Misunderstanding

World War Two had a devastating and long-lasting impact on Poland. The capitol, Warsaw, was especially hard-hit by the war, as it was a major center for resistance against the German occupation, beginning in autumn 1939. Warsaw was the setting Read more…


Five Facts about Aleksandr Pushkin that show why he’s Russia’s best-loved Writer

By Anna Wahler There’s a saying among Russians: “Pushkin is our Everything.” Aleksander Sergeyevich Pushkin (1799-1837) was indeed much more than just a writer to generations of Russians–he made the Russian literary language what it is today, inspired generations of Read more…


Five Pirate Misconceptions that are Hot Garbage

Pirate Myths

by Amanda Mae Downey Thieves, rogues, scoundrels, and outcasts. The world over has been fascinated with pirates despite the suffering they caused. Who were the pirates? Simply put, and for the purpose of this in-depth look at the truth behind Read more…


The Real-Life Inspiration Behind the Characters of Cynamon

By Anna Wahler Recently I updated my personal page to include all three of my historical fiction manuscripts taking place in WWII Poland and England. Check out the details here for more about each story! A little while ago I Read more…


Five Real-Life Criminals to Inspire Your Next Character

By Amanda Mae Downey That’s right. Today I’m back at it again with the third installment of my Five Real-Life People series. I’ve covered Pirates and Princesses, but today we’re going to talk about the biggest assholes we know–the people Read more…


A Closer Look at the Rights of Viking Age Women

Viking Women

by Amanda Mae Downey So if you aren’t aware, yours truly is a freelance writer and viral content creator. Recently, I found myself tasked with doing a work project on Vikings which I took very seriously. I mean, who doesn’t Read more…


Three Badasses from Polish Military History that Deserve More Press

by Anna Wahler Quick–what do Copernicus and Chopin have in common? They were both born in Poland! A lot of Poles find it a shame these figures aren’t better known in the rest of the world. The good news is Read more…