I'm a lover of early modern history, and gained my degree in History: Medieval and Modern at The University of Hull in 1998. My final year dissertation was on The Roles of Women in Medieval Yorkshire. (Fun fact: I was taught by Tracy Borman while she was studying for her PhD and I was in my first and second years at uni). 

Since then, I've taken online courses in The Tudors, Shakespeare's Hamlet and other subjects and visited dozens of historic locations, watched hours of documentaries and read hundreds of books to learn more about our nation's fascinating and vibrant history. I've also almost finished writing a book about an aspect of Tudor history, which has been immense fun to see come to life - details coming soon! I'm also a contributor to The Historians online magazine and The C Word Mag.

As well as writing, my other job is as a watercolour artist. I love to sketch historic scenes and buildings and try to convey some of the energy and atmosphere of a location in the layout and the colours I use. I'm also regularly commissioned to paint house portraits or places to mark weddings, engagements, anniversaries and other events. I can often be found out and about with my local Urban Sketchers' group too. If you'd like to commission me to create a watercolour sketch of a favourite building of yours - historic or otherwise - find all the details here.

Here I debate historical events, lives and everything British History. Thanks for coming along, it's great to see you here. Want to suggest something for me to blog about, a book to review or an event coming up? 

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