Reading & Writing History
This page gathers together a range of commentaries prompted by individual history books and even one or two things I’ve written myself. While my interests mean there’s bound to be a bias towards the later middle ages I am expanding my historical horizons (honest) and hope to keep adding to this page as time allows. I seem incapable of reading history without at the same time relating it to teaching, hence these commentaries usually contain reflections on the books themselves and also explore possible links to teaching. It’s just enthusiasm really.
Liberty's Dawn by Emma Griffin – about the book’s conclusions and my reflections on teaching the Industrial Revolution at KS3.
An outburst of enthusiasm for a really good book, whether it relates to teaching or not!
A commentary on the conclusions being reached by research on medieval public health, notably from Carole Rawcliffe’s superb book Urban Bodies (2013)
An enthusiastic review and a set of teaching ideas prompted by reading Jenny Uglow’s book.
Musings on a 15th century poem with some history curriculum links too!
A short commentary on Evelyn Lord, The Great Plague: a people’s history (2014) for anyone who wants to read about plague outside London!
Another article I obviously had fun writing in the 1990s for The Historical Review, aimed at A level students. Not many articles on Henry VII include mentions of cheese and tomato sandwiches and a wig.