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New Medieval Books: Fake History

Fake History: 101 things that never happened

By Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse

Penguin Random House
ISBN: 9780753559673

Those who study history find that there are a lot of myths and misinformation being circulated, so books like this are very important in revealing what is fake. Of the 101 chapters inside, over 20 deal with medieval topics.


This book contains some of the most common and fascinating bits of fake history I’ve encountered online, which explains why the subjects are so varied and wide-ranging. It also explains why some of the chapters, just like history, are fun, while others are about dark and difficult subjects. There are therefore a couple of images that you may find hard to look at.


Who is this book for?

Books like this are quite important, as they explain what misconceptions are circulating about the past as well as how these ideas started. With ‘fake history’ spreading faster because of social media, the work that Teeuwisse is doing here and online is very necessary.

The author

Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse is a Dutch historian and historical consultant who works for museums, authors and film & tv productions. In 2017, she started up the X/Twitter channel @fakehistoryhunt dedicated to exposing myths about history. You can learn more on the Fake History Hunter website as well on other social media channels like Instagram and TikTok.


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