I was getting information! Really. For my book. The one I'll be revising for the next three weeks. And he was Incredibly Helpful. Now I know exactly how my hero rode 400 miles, accompanying a carriage with a bunch of women inside. Now I know you could talk to someone riding outside, and a skilled rider could stay alongside effortlessly when the coach speeded up or slowed down. And of course now I know what my hero must have looked like in the saddle, because of course, he, too, is completely at home there.
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.