Sorry I’ve Been a Bit Remiss


To all you lovely people out there who follow my blog and read what I post, to those people who read whatever I write and those who come looking for something in particular … I just need to say I’m sorry.

I’ve been quite remiss over these last few months, and with this coronavirus outbreak and the restrictions imposed I’m finding it difficult to get the historical and creative juices flowing. Stuck in a bit of a rut with my mental health but I had a really helpful conversation with a good friend yesterday and I think I can feel the juices beginning to flow again.

Courage doesn’t roar. Sometimes courage is the silent voice at the end of the day that says ‘I will try again tomorrow’.

Mary Anne Radmacher

I stumbled across the above quote on Facebook earlier, on the Habits for Wellbeing page, and it shouted at me. I had to share it. When it comes to blogging I will try again tomorrow or however many days it takes to get there.

This might seem like something that a lot of people are posting about at the moment, but my friend reminded me that blogging is about yourself and what you want to write, as well as the people you hope will read it. Maybe this is a selfish post to remind myself that I need to put less pressure on myself and write what I want to write.

In other words … look out for some new content in the coming weeks as I try to find my style again!

Things You Can Do While in Coronavirus Lockdown


People are having to find new things to do to keep themselves occupied while the world is in lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic. I’ve been a bit remiss on this blog recently through a combination of different things, but I have really been struggling to find things to keep me occupied – here is my list of some of the history-related things that are keeping me sane during this very difficult and unprecedented time.

  • Listening to history podcasts

There are a couple of really great history podcasts that I love, and I am getting my history fix from these, not all Tudor-related.

  1. Talking Tudors – https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-tudors/id1413504428

Natalie Grueninger talks with various people about different aspects of the Tudor period; there are currently 67 episodes covering everything from Anne Boleyn to Tudor Christmases, from Anne Clifford to the Golden Hinde.

2. Ten Minute Tudors – https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/10-minute-tudors-leanda-de-lisle/id1267848238

Leanda de Lisle discusses the Tudors and Stuarts in easily digestible 10-minute chunks from Henry VI to Charles I, the Gunpowder Plot to the role of royal consort. There are plenty of topics to find something of interest to everyone.

3. The History of England – https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-history-of-england/id412308812

David Crowther podcasts from his shed, currently with 286 episodes covering a history of England from the Anglo-Saxons currently up to the accession of Elizabeth I, though further episodes are to come.

4. History Extra – https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/history-extra-podcast/id256580326

This is a podcast linked to magazines like BBC History and History Revealed. It deals with historical topics from across time as well as different countries. If you’re going to find something to interest you, you’ll find it here.

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