Category: History

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

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

The Colossus of…Braavos?

(Warning: contains spoilers for Game of Thrones fans!) Back in January I started reading the series A Song of Ice and Fire, better known as the Game of Thrones books. Friends had told me that I would enjoy them (even before the show came out), being the fan of medieval Europe that I am. Five

When Twitter+History=Awesome: #AskHenryVIII

I have been on Twitter (@a_williams06 and @MyLifeIsHistory) for over four years now, and I find it awesome. I use my personal account to keep tabs on friends, institutions, favorite artists and celebrities, causes I care about, etc. My “professional” account (the one I use for this blog) is used for following Twitter accounts that

This Week in History: The Sinking of the Hunley

150 years ago, America was embroiled in one of the bloodiest wars ever fought on native soil: the American Civil War. 150 years ago, the North fought the South, brother fought brother, nation fought nation. 150 years ago, when the naval blockade of Southern ports threatened to choke the Confederacy, a little submarine defeated a