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!
I absolutely love …
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 … 😂
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*
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
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.
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?