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Three Historical Figures Who Practiced the Occult

by Amanda Mae Downey Ghosts, ghouls, and witches. Oh my! No matter how superstitious or skeptical you are, there’s something undeniably interesting about the people who’ve actually tried to contact the other side. But these three people are nothing but Read more…


The story of the USSR’s Amazing Female WWII Aviators

By Anna Wahler When it came to female pilots, the USA had the WASPS, the UK had the WAAF, but the Soviet Union was the only nation in which women flew aircraft in combat roles. The most famous of these Read more…


Scary History: Salem Witch Trials

by Amanda Mae Downey It’s October, which means one thing⸻it’s time for Spooktober, which is something I just made up because I’m a festive mess. I have two posts this month, so I’ll try my hardest to give you a Read more…


Queen Elizabeth I Makes Pirating a Sport

Francis Drake

by Amanda Mae Downey The Tudors were one hell of a family. It’s not as if there ever was a royal family that was well-adjusted. With the Tudors, the Medicis, the Bourbons, and those wacky Borgias running amuck, it was Read more…


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…