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Robbie Mitchell

I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance writer researching the weird and wonderful. I firmly believe that history should be both fun and accessible.


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Captain Keitt: illustration of a pirate captain on deck. 	Source: 	Public Domain

A Glimpse into the Life as a Pirate Captain (Video)

The transition to Pirate Captain often stemmed from a background in privateering or ownership of a ship. Wealthy backers would commission vessels, appointing experienced leaders like Henry Jennings...
Wales Welsh flag waving on the top sunrise mist fog.  Source: Oleksii/Adobe Stock

The History of Wales, in a Nutshell

When talking about the history of the United Kingdom, England and Scotland tend to steal the spotlight. That’s a shame, because Wales, a land of stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage, boasts...
: Roman inflation played an important part in the fall of the Roman Empire.		Source: photoguns / Adobe Stock

What Led to the Fall of Rome, History’s Mightiest Empire? (Video)

What Led to the Fall of Rome, History’s Mightiest Empire? (Video) The decline and fall of Rome was not a swift cataclysm but rather a gradual unraveling marked by numerous challenges. The symbolic...
Nemrut Mountain at 2150 meters with colossal statues, and stone heads. A UNESCO World Heritage site. Anatolia, modern day Turkey. 	Source: Bulent/Adobe Stock

Ancient Anatolia: Cradle of Civilizations (Video)

Ancient Anatolia: Cradle of Civilizations (Video) Ancient Anatolia stands as a rich tapestry of human civilization, with its history weaving together a myriad of cultures, empires, and innovations...
Caesar captured by pirates, turns around and gives them imperious commands. Source: Public Domain

The Day Julius Caesar Was Kidnapped By Pirates In 75 BC (Video)

The Day Julius Caesar Was Kidnapped By Pirates In 75 BC (Video) In 75 BC, Julius Caesar , renowned for his future military and political prowess, found himself in an unexpected predicament when he...
Golden Bull of 1222.			Source: Public Domain

Golden Bull of 1222

The Golden Bull of 1222: Hungary's Magna Carta The Golden Bull of 1222, issued by King Andrew II of Hungary, is one of the most significant legal documents in medieval European history. Often...
AI image of male shaman using herbal medicine for spiritual healing and sacred rituals.

What Kinds Of Drugs Were Used In Ancient Times?

Throughout history, the use of drugs has been closely linked to religious, spiritual, and social practices. Ancient societies often used psychoactive substances to transcend the material world and...
Royal Excess and Corruption - Catalysts of the French Revolution

Royal Excess and Corruption - Catalysts of the French Revolution

The French Revolution , a pivotal moment in history, was catalyzed by a culmination of factors, with corruption at the forefront. The ruling class, ensconced in opulence at Versailles, grew...
A typical bottomed sinkhole

The Curious Case of Mel's Hole - Did it Ever Exist?

In 1997 a resident of Ellensburg, Washington called Mel Waters rang into a local radio station with a fairly outlandish claim. He stated that he’d found a bottomless pit in the region that had a host...
 The Cyrus Cylinder

The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia

The Cyrus Cylinder, discovered in 1879 during a British Museum expedition to Babylon , encapsulates the grandeur and complexities of ancient Persia under the reign of Cyrus the Great. Crafted over...
Astronomer Copernicus, or Conversations with God, by Matejko

The Scientific Revolution: Shaping the Foundations of the Modern World

The Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries marked a transformative period in human history, characterized by profound conceptual shifts and unprecedented scientific progress. It began...
Roman Baths in Bath, England. The house is a well-preserved Roman site for public bathing.

The Roman Baths Had Ancient Healing Powers

The history of the Roman Baths in Bath, England, unveils a narrative rich in intrigue and cultural significance. Bath , known for its elegant Georgian architecture today, has a murky origin tale...
Image of an ancient pope.

John XXIII: How A Pirate Became A Pope (Video)

In the tumultuous era of the Western Schism , an unexpected figure emerged from the shadows to claim the highest seat in the Catholic Church. Baldassare Cossa, whose reputation was marred by tales of...
Great Fire of London in 1666

What Happened After the Great Fire of London in 1666: Rise From Ashes

Following the devastating Great Fire of London in 1666 , the city faced immediate and long-lasting repercussions. The fire, which began at a bakery on Putting Lane, quickly engulfed the majority of...
Representation of Roman generals

Late Republican Era Rome's Influential Generals (Video)

The transformation of Rome during the Late Republican era was marked by a series of significant changes, particularly in its military and political landscape. From 133 BC to 27 BC, Rome experienced a...
Suleiman the Magnificent

Suleiman the Magnificent's Journey from Life to Death

The reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, spanning 46 years, reshaped the Ottoman Empire through both conquest and unconventional personal choices. Unlike his predecessors, Suleiman pursued a different...