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Post by harpistic » Fri February 25th, 2011, 10:24 pm

Hello everyone - I figure I should introduce myself as I have every hope of sticking around! :)

I have a dim memory of apparently being so bad at history when I started secondary school that the teacher recommended I read lots of historical fiction.... ha! I'd actually been madly in love with time travel novels before that, though. Loved reading modern-day characters' reactions to encountering past times.

I later trained as an archaeologist (originally specialising in French Palaeolithic, then switched to Lower Central American prehistory), but generally what I love most about HF is that it's a very enjoyable way to learn about past times and cultures! (A possible end result being having random discussions outside pubs with strangers about the reign of King John etc. Aaah, I miss smoking). Am no longer an archaeologist, by the way.

My preference for eras is "the older the better!" but I'll read pretty much anything! Favourite author is probably Elizabeth Chadwick (hence the above discussions), loved Bernard Cornwell's Arthur & Alfred series but tend to find other authors a bit hit & miss. (Eg, loved The White Queen. Did not love The Red Queen).

Anyway - a big hello from me to all of you!

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Post by annis » Fri February 25th, 2011, 11:40 pm

Welcome, harpistic! Looking to hearing more from you on the forum. Are you a muso?

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Post by donroc » Sat February 26th, 2011, 12:06 am

Welcome and enjoy.

Bodo the Apostate, a novel set during the reign of Louis the Pious and end of the Carolingian Empire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXZthhY6 ... annel_page

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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat February 26th, 2011, 12:10 am

Hi Harpistic. I confess to a fondness for South American pre-columbian fiction, due to three decades of packing with llamas. Not many titles in that area, are there?

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Post by Misfit » Sat February 26th, 2011, 12:31 am

Hi harpistic, glad you outed yourself with an introduction and welcome aboard.
At home with a good book and the cat...
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Post by LoveHistory » Sat February 26th, 2011, 3:21 am

King John's reign you say? Then you have to read Miss Moppet's stories in the writer's forum.

A big hello right back to you.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Sat February 26th, 2011, 4:20 am

Welcome, harpistic! Glad to have you here.
Susan Higginbotham
Coming in October: The Woodvilles


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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
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Post by Vanessa » Sat February 26th, 2011, 10:19 am

Welcome, Harpistic! Hope you enjoy it here.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Sat February 26th, 2011, 10:31 am

Welcome. Great to have you here

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Post by LoobyG » Sat February 26th, 2011, 11:37 am

Hello and welcome Harpistic! :)

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