I fell in love with history when I was 11 years old. It’s a passion that has developed and grown over the years, however, it’s an interest that perplexes some people, who would rather do anything rather than read a history book.
I didn’t really enjoy history lessons at secondary school, and I know lots of people agree with me on that. What frustrated me at school was that I couldn’t choose what parts of history to study; but now as an adult, that no longer applies, and the whole of history is open to me!
However, it was growing up in an area which introduced me to the Tudors. From then on, I was hooked! I love visiting castles, ruins, stately homes, reading historical biographies and watching documentaries, or curling up with a good historical novel.
There are so many people, and particularly women, from history who inspire me. Their stories are incredible and have touched me deeply; queens like Eleanor of Aquitaine, Catherine of Valois, Anne Boleyn and Mary Queen of Scots. Their strength has inspired me during the worst times of my own life.
Even if you didn’t enjoy history at school, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy history now. Maybe you’d love to learn about ancient Egypt, or discover more about your family’s involvement during the world wars.
Bringing yesterday alive is very special, and I hope that you will indulge any interest in history that may be lying dormant within you!