Historical Ragbag is a site about the odds and ends of history, with lots of books.

About Historical Ragbag

Historical Ragbag is a collection, a conglomerate of interesting pieces of history. Over the years I have found many little pieces that are too small to make it into the main overarching narrative. I love finding new things so I thought it might be worth sharing them with other people. I regularly post pieces of history, including photos when possible. The historical pieces include everything from profiles on historical people, to historic buildings, to in depth research into little understood topics, to historic quizzes. The content of this blog is original but Historical Ragbag also has a Facebook page and I post interesting historical articles from other sources there. Historical Ragbag can also be found on Twitter and Instagram.

I intend to include book profiles. I won’t call them reviews because I am not going to be evaluating the books. I own, have owned and have discovered many interesting and often odd books over time. As I’m sure any fellow bibliophiles out there can attest, part of the fun of finding a fascinating new book is sharing it. I’ll be doing so here.

I am also a writer, so there will be an element of fiction to Historical Ragbag. It will be clearly marked as such. As well as positing the occasional short story and possible poem you will find a longer ongoing piece called Accidental Love. This has been updated regularly and is now complete. I am hoping to start a new piece of historical fiction soon. I am also including a section called A Medieval Novel. This page is about the historical fantasy novel which I am hoping to get published at some point. This is an historical novel with fantastical elements. It is set in 1185 in England with sorcerers. I won’t be posting the novel itself but I will be posting the occasional character profile and information about the many places the characters visit.

About Me.

My name is Ellen and I’m from Melbourne Australia. I’m a librarian, historian and writer. I did my honours degree is medieval history  and therefore, as this is where my main interest lies, medieval history makes up a significant proportion of the content of this blog. That being said I am also interested in Australian history so it features on this blog as well. While I’m not a photographer I have travelled to the majority of the historical places I write about and I took a lot of photos so the vast majority of the photos on the blog are mine. If a photo isn’t taken by me I will be sure to include a link as to where it came from. I believe fundamentally in the importance of referencing, so I will always provide sources for my research as well as, usually, somewhere to find out more.

If you have any questions, or if you find something interesting historically that you might like to contribute, feel free to email me at historicalragbag@gmail.com

Also if you want to use any of the content I’m usually amenable but please ask first 🙂 

Hope you enjoy it.


One final note. I run this blog for free because I genuinely enjoy writing about the random historical things I come across and digging people and events out of the shadows of history. And I love a good story. It isn’t free to run though so if you’ve enjoyed reading some of the content and you can afford it if you felt like making a small donation towards upkeep that’d be lovely.



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    1. that’s funny it should just be down the bottom. glad you liked it, and yes apart from a few Romans one of the earliest and one of the only ones from the period. There’s not much other material like his.


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