New book publication, fact+fiction!

Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz

Rumours have been circulating about an unusual publication...

We can confirm now: our sources made it to a book which combines fact and fiction: a historical detective for all aged 10-110, curious about history and archival research!

The book can be bough internationally here in the English version, and in the Polish version. It is also on sale in Poland, in both versions.

A personal story behind it by author and project PI Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz.

Cover text:

‘Can old buildings, documents and objects, music and art take us back in time? Or, maybe, can the past and the present exist at the same time?’
If you are a reader aged 10 to 110 and you are interested in history and adventure, this book about the seven Renaissance ships is for you! It tells the remarkable tale of a group of Dutch ships which arrived in Gdańsk in 1564, and shows how their story was rediscovered in the 21st century. What secrets lie hidden in the pages of a long-forgotten court case? How do historians work in archives and why are footnotes so useful? Who were the teenagers Gabriel and Marysia? Fact and fiction, and the 16th and 21st centuries, are woven together in this book about the magical side of history.
Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz is Associate Professor of History at the University of Amsterdam. She enjoys uncovering historical secrets of all kinds.

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On 25.06.2021, a group of medievalists discussed the question ‘what happens when history is evoked in conflicts’? Specifically: did such discourse take place? – how did it happen? – why did it happen? in medieval cases and sources, ranging from the Scottish Marches to Sardinia, and from lawsuits to references to burial mounds. What functions did such historical discourse have: was it for instance a call for change or a call for preservation in a conflict?... And who used the memory of a sometimes distant past in the heat of a clash? The historical argument in conflicts was not only an interpretation of the past. Various actors within such conflict gave meaning to events and relations in the past, and made use of the historical discourse for specific ends.

It became a very thought-provoking online meeting, which we want to share here. Indeed, the goal of this blog series is to present summaries of the contributions by medievalists, and to continue the discussion with early modernists and modernists. Some highlights by way of introduction.[....]

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