A Storied Past: The History Behind AC Odyssey

Introduction When Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey hit the ground running in October 2018, its premise piqued my interest. Essentially I could run around in a (mostly) open-world Greece with all the trappings of a good RPG: involved combat mechanics, romancing options, all the loot!, a huge map to explore, and the promise of an epic quest.

History Reads: The Yukon Gold Rush

The Start of an Era When people think about history, they often think of it as comprising dusty old dates, details, and who-did-what-when-and-where. It’s easy to forget that history elicits excitement as well, especially if you find the right reading material on a particular subject. The Yukon Gold Rush presents one great example of that

The History Behind Harry: The Phoenix

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books easily rank as among the most influential literary works in recent memory. Part of what makes the series so memorable is the rich fantasy world that Rowling constructs. Both remarkably parallel and completely different from our own, she populates it with a soaring, sprawling castle on a Scottish loch; a

Book Review: Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness

Introduction Perhaps one of the best things about having Amazon Prime (free 2-day shipping aside) is First Reads. Prime members receive a free Kindle book each month. The bookworm in me adores this. One recent First Read pick was Harold Schechter’s Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men. I had heard of the serial

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find New Theories

***Contains spoilers for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – continue at your own risk!*** Yeah, that’s somewhat of a weird title. But bear with me! Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve seen J.K. Rowling’s new film about the many adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander three times. Yes, you read that right, three times. As

My Harry Potter Adventure in the UK – Muggle Tours

It has been a long time since I’ve written anything of substance, an incredibly long time. I attribute it to life. That is, work, school, trips, etc. etc. etc. This past December, my boyfriend and I traveled to the United Kingdom. It was the first time I had been there in over five years. I

Article Announcement

It has been a while since I have posted any updates about really anything, but I have some exciting news to share! Last November, I submitted an article draft to the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science. I did so on the encouragement of one of my library science professors (long story short, in addition to

HistTech: Trajan’s Column Interactive Graphic

National Geographic recently wrote an article about Trajan’s column and its history. They also included an interactive graphic which allows readers to explore the 126-ft tall column. And I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty neat. Trajan’s column commemorates the Roman emperor’s victory over the Dacians between 101 and 106 AD. Since then, the column,

Reflections on Richard III

I have followed the progress of Richard III over the past two-and-a-half years with great interest ever since archaeologists discovered the body in September 2012 amidst the ruins of Greyfriars Church in Leicester, UK. Last week. after heated debates surrounding his reburial, he was reinterred at Leicester Cathedral with ceremony due a deceased monarch (those