About/Contributing

About the blog

Welcome to a place where I look at popular historical fiction, and then like a proper killjoy point out the inaccuracies. In truth, I love historical fiction and I love anything that makes history accessible, interesting and entertaining, but I also appreciate how many people accept what they see, hear or read as fact without any further research. I hope to make the research accessible, interesting and entertaining so everyone can appreciate historical fiction and the actual history behind it.

Contributing

I welcome any articles on any element of history or historical fiction. If you would like to become a contributor, regular or sporadic or even a one-off, please get in touch at sarah@thehistoricalnovel.com

About Me

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My interest in History is wide and varied, but in my time my specific research interests have included: Hagiography, Women in History, History of Monasticism, R.M.S Titanic, History on film and History of Mistresses & Sex workers.

I have a BA and an MA in Historical Studies with my first thesis on Anne Boleyn’s role as a mistress and my second on the Hagiography of Women.

I moonlight as a guest writer for Tudors Dynasty

Aside from this, I am a total nerd, am very Welsh, have a sweet tooth of mythical proportion and am slowly being subsumed by Fallout tattoos.

Aw Swish
~ Sarah

 

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7 thoughts on “About/Contributing

  1. I love your blog! I’m interested in English and Scottish history and especially that of the Stuarts and the Tudors. Thank you for your interesting articles that I’ll read with pleasure and curiosity!
    Beatrice

  2. I applaude your blog! fully fulfilling the intent. Watching reign and I too feel there are many discrepancies, and this blog is fantastic. thank you!

  3. An interesting article. Left me wondering about nitty-gritty details (not all prurient!) e.g. I presume your description relates mostly to the oldest profession in the towns. It must have been different in the villages. Did village folk even use money? Surely they mostly lived on subsistence on barter, so did whores offer themselves for barter – food etc? And what about STD’s, and pregnancy? You’ve got an MA already – surely any or all of these topics are for you to cover in your PhD thesis?

    1. Thank you! I assume the article you’re referring to is ‘The Medieval Prostitute’? I haven’t researched rural prostitution as much so I’m just making an educated guess, but I imagine that there was less prostitution in villages. Villages being smaller it would be harder to get away from the stigma of it, and it would be more damaging to be moved on. Also, as prostitution was mostly used to supplement income in the cities, I’d imagine there’d be less call for it in the villages where people tended to have more rigid roles and less unemployment (such as it was). Generally speaking at least. Though I haven’t looked much into the STD’s and pregnancy, I will now! As for a PhD thesis, gosh I wish! Maybe one day when I’ve won the lottery lol!

  4. Can’t believe I’ve only come across your blog now haha! Do you have a Facebook page? I’d be great to follow you there 🙂

    Also, would you be interested in guest posting on my blog as well? Seems like it’s right up your street 😀 https://historicadrama.wixsite.com/blog

    Great job with the blog, and so useful as well. I take more of a ‘character study on screen’ approach to historical drama, so I always look for blogs/articles with heavier historical content. But your posts are also very easy to read, which I consider a big plus for an academic writer.

    1. Hello there!

      I’m afraid I don’t have a Facebook page (YET!) that’s next year’s job lol! I’ve not come across your blog either before, but now that I have I can see myself losing the rest of the day to it and I would love to guest post! I shall have a read and see what I come up with 😀

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