This is a blog about history, poetry and historical fiction… mainly, but not exclusively, related to the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries,particularly, but not exclusively, in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland; also, Game of Thrones.
My sympathies, which I don’t try to hide, are generally with Catholics, the northern English (especially Northumbrians), Stewarts, Cavaliers and the Irish, but I like to think I’m fair-minded towards other players in the tumults of the 16th and 17th centuries. My instincts are generally small c conservative and traditionalist, or reactionary and nostalgic, if you like.
I have not a single formal qualification in history, thinking of myself as a passionate amateur, sometimes daring to call myself an autodidact. In literature, I have a degree, but I nowadays I have little time or patience for the fashionable critical theories (which are often really political theories) that seemed to dominate thinking when I was at uni back in the late nineties. When it comes to historical fiction, I like stuff that is well-written, reasonably authentic and not too slanted… I’m also trying to write some. I have set up this blog to promote a book I am writing, which I hope to publish in the coming year. More on that nearer the time.
I used to keep a blog solely about poetry, which I will occasionally repost blogs from. You can read that here, if you want.
Comments are always welcome, especially polite ones.
My tweets, which concern nothing more than promoting this blog and my other writings, can be found here.