Reading History……

I can never learn it all, but here are the books I’m currently reading, underlining and summarising all at once….

1. A Short History of England by Cyril Ransome, printed in 1897

2. The Story Of Britain – A People’s History, by Roy Strong

3. A People’s History of Britain, by R. Fraser and R. Fitzgerald

4. History of the World, by DK Publishing

5. Checkpoint 1, by Pryce and Anderson

6. Elinor of Aquitane, by Alison Weir

7. The Six Wives of Henry VIII, by Alison Weir

Now, what I do is read them each, chapter by chapter, underline the relevant parts, then collect that information onto a record of my own, which at the moment is a 10 metre long time line of dozens of A4 sheets of paper, so that I can keep a track of it all in my head {am up to Henry VIII] This time line I peg to the wall and use as a reference to teach my daughter with, who is 15 and loves Medieval history, so I guess, while I knew a lot of the details to, I didn’t know the dates, miniscule tidbits and the long line of succession that is the British royal family history.

Of course, added to this are other facets of history, from other countries and subsequent people, who impacted British history, ie.. the Romans, Barbarians, Angles and Jutes, Attila the Hun, Mohammad, the Crusades, The French, The Spanish, the various popes, etc etc

While this is exhausting, I find it fascinating and now other family members are afraid to ask a leading question as they feel fairly certain I will launch into my own brief history of Britain…. and never come up for air…..

Any questions out there?????


About loulouszal

Hi, I have always loved stories, from Dr Suess to Enid Blyton, to Roald Dahl, as a child and on to Jane Austen as a teen and adult. I love writing stories and poems too. I think writing and reading fantasy is a great way to travel, in your head and visit places you might never otherwise see. they can be as wonderful as you want to make them. I kept writing as a hobby all through my teen years and then as an adult, married with children ,I wrote stories for my family and read them out aloud as we traveled on long car trips in foreign countries. "The Diary of Arnmore" is one of these stories, followed closely by "Hungry Mr Croc." Two very different stories, aimed at completely different age groups, but both definately worth a read!
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