‘To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?’Cicero
What I Do
My interest in history has deep roots. When I was a child I didn’t really like cartoons. I spent my time watching ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘David Copperfield’, ‘Sense and Sensibility’, ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’, and many more. At first I was entranced by the pretty dresses, but as I grew older I became fascinated with studying how society has changed through time, and what impact that had on my own family.
I have a PhD in History from Royal Holloway, University of London, where I studied under the supervision of the late, great, Professor Justin Champion. My thesis was on English Civil War sequestration, a policy which allowed Parliament to ‘legally’ confiscate the real and personal estates of royalists and Catholics on the grounds that they were responsible for the outbreak of war.
Since finishing my PhD I have taught at Royal Holloway, worked as a Contributing Editor for Northamptonshire Victoria County History, and as a Research Assistant on the Civil War Petitions project at the University of Leicester. I am also an Honorary Visiting Fellow in English Local History at the University of Leicester.