About Me

Elliot Gates

Hey, I’m Elliot.

I’m an Australian bloke living in London, UK.


I had the idea for this podcast a few years ago when I learnt the story of Skanderbeg, the Albanian hero who held back the Ottomans in the 15th century.

From there, I came across the story of The Last Byzantine Emperor Constantine XI and Roman Emperor Aurelian.

Slowly, I began to discover that almost every country had a national hero who was well known domestically, yet relatively unknown internationally.

My goal of the podcast is to share those stories.


I’ve got no degree in history, but I do have the patience to pour over dry source material from the middle ages in order to bring you stories of the interesting, the daring and the downright bizarre.

So sit back, subscribe and prepare to dazzle your mates at the pub with strange stories about people they’ve never heard of!

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