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ACUH member Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz has written a book for a broad readership (aged 10-110!) inspired by discoveries in the archives and walks through Gdańsk in the 16th and 21st centuries. Fact and fiction are woven together in this book about the magical side of history. The publication is part of the NWO VIDI project and came into being as an alternative form of academic outreach during the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘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.