My History With History

My History With History

I think that history is absolutely fascinating.

From learning about major events gone by, to time periods from centuries before, to all the people that have made the world a better place … there are so many aspects of history that interest me.

I love reading in-depth about specific eras, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, to the 1600s through the late 1800s. There are few things I wouldn’t be pleased to learn about … but it it honestly hasn’t always been this way.

How I Began to Love History

I was never interested in any kind of history in school; I just couldn’t get into the textbooks; no matter how my mom tried to make it interesting, I could not be persuaded. If anyone had told me that I would be fascinated by history in a couple years’ time, I would’ve laughed it off, proclaiming it to be the driest subject in school.

Oh, how wrong I was! I missed multiple years that I could’ve been enjoying learning haha

Well, better late than never!

Who would’ve known that I’d ever be checking out history books from the nonfiction section of my library? Not me!

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I absolutely love …

Biographies

Digging deeper into the lives of individuals who I admire and am curious about can get rather nosy sometimes (haha), but hey, Wikipedia has the information, so I’m not really stallking them … πŸ˜‚

Getting to see them from a different angle than how the media always portrays them is intriguing and captivating, although sometimes … disturbing. There’s always so much more to people than is commonly discussed, from their family life, to their career, to their personal life and their cause of death. There’s always more, and I understand why those facts aren’t often brought up; they’re rather degrading, and embarrassing …

In learning about all of these people, from famous actors to brilliant authors, I’ve seen that, aside from the fame, they’re all normal like us. They’re very talented and dedicated, and they have a large audience, but they also have similar problems to what we have, and the same difficulties that we face – and often, their lives are even harder. In coming to know these people better, I find myself admiring them more than I did before. No one has it easy, but we’re all trying our hardest.

The Middle Ages

Right now, I’m working on a cool historical fiction novel, and I have been for about two years. It is nowhere near being done, as I’m still having to research the time period, as well as come up with a plot, specific setting, characters, etc. But the learning process is, while very tedious, so much fun!

Unlike common historical fiction, I’m basing my story not in a castle or in a nearby town, but out in the fields where the peasants had to work, where everyone was crammed together in small villages, where the church was the center of the town, where they all reported back to the lord and lady of the manor. Because I’ve chosen that setting, there’s way less information available to me, so when I’m in the mood to research, I have to dig deep.

The most recent subject I’ve been studying is medieval gardening, which has been dry in some areas, but overall a very fruitful experience. *too many puns*

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For example, did you know that poppies were grown not for their beauty, but for medicinal purposes? They used to mix the stalk’s peel with honey and use the mixture as a plaster on wounds!

Alright, enough info you probably didn’t want to know. lol

The Renaissance

Unfortunately, I have yet to study this time period (aside from writing a biography on Leo da Vinci), as I don’t want to get facts about the Middle Ages mixed up in my head, with information on the Renaissance! But one day, I assure you, I will happily learn about this topic. Mark my words.

American History

This one may be last on my list, but it is certainly not least! I just started learning about it, and I’ve started at the pilgrims’ journey here. From there, I will work up to the present. So excited!

If you read this far (hehe), I hope that you enjoyed this post!

Do YOU love history? What do you enjoy learning about?

— Maggie

34 thoughts on “My History With History

      1. Interesting! Throughout my schooling, I’ve studied American history and some world geography, as well. I’m basically learning about several major countries, like right now, I’m learning about European countries. I wish the history of England was one of my subjects! That’s where I’m basing my story, and I need all the information I can get. πŸ™‚

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  1. I absolutely love History! It’s without a doubt my favourite subject in school, and I’ve chosen to take it for GCSE! The past is so interesting, I just love it so much and I’m so excited to start it for GCSE πŸ™‚

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      1. That’s cool! I love most of history, as well, although I’m not the biggest fan of very tragic events (Titanic, Holocaust…). Yes, medieval times are so interesting, although sometimes dark. But it’s intriguing to learn about medieval society, and how that led to the renaissance, which ultimately led to the society that we have today!

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  2. Yay! Another history lover! I also very much enjoy history. Any time actually. Haha. I’m also like you, except I didn’t like ANY school until, like 8th grade. Now, looking back, I’m like MORONIC ME! I could have had so much fun learning all that stuff had I not been so set against school! πŸ˜›

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    1. Hahaha, I’ve felt that way recently! I was like, why didn’t I enjoy learning this stuff while it was taught? πŸ˜‚ History is soooo interesting. I have no idea why I disliked it so much before.

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  3. this was great Maggie, interesting, well written. If this is a taste of your writing capabilities then your book is going to be amazing! I love biographies, it’s more interesting to hear it from the actual persons point of view. They were there lol. Great post Maggie. I always look forward to your blogs! God bless you πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much, Margaret! ❀ I love biographies, as well. I was just thinking recently how I’d enjoy reading a new one, but I don’t know which one to get, or whose to read. Are there any that you recommend? πŸ™‚

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  4. I love this post because I am a history fanatic! Ancient Egypt, Rome and the French Revolution are a few of my favorite topics in history. I read about the Victorian Era and the Renaissance was an interesting period. I was also a big fan of the Medieval period growing up. I also enjoyed reading about Napoleon Bonaparte, Genghis Khan and King Louis XIV (my favorite French King who revolutionized France in terms of fashion and etiquette). I can talk for hours about history so I better quit while at it.

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    1. That’s awesome! I didn’t appreciate history enough when I was younger, but man, do I love it now! I also liked medieval times when I was a kid, but only for the knights and castles and dragons, lol. Now, I enjoy reading about peasantry πŸ™‚ it’s a big switch from castle life, and I quite enjoy it!

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      1. Peasantry is lovely! I started writing a story about peasants, but it’s been so long since I’ve started it I may not complete it at this point. I can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with!

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      2. Yes, I love it! Ooh, that sounds interesting. If you ever finish it, I’d love to read it. πŸ™‚ Thank you! It isn’t much of anything yet; just a lot of historical facts, mainly (haha), but I have so many ideas.

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      3. That is if I have luck finding it. I was writing it by hand so I figured it must have gotten thrown out at some point. Well, it’s good that you have many ideas! I can’t wait for you to start writing this story.

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  5. I love history too! I enjoy the Middle Ages a lot, and early Rennaissance, and also Incan/Mayan is interesting. Funnily enough we are at the library today with our two young girls and found so many interesting nonfiction books for kids that I actually found interesting – full of facts. πŸ™‚ I think learning is just fun! *nerd alert!*

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    1. That’s awesome! History is amazing πŸ™‚ Most of the books I use for my research are from the children’s section of my library; that’s where all the good facts are!! Hehe I agree; learning is very fun. Thanks for commenting!

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