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Susan Abernethy here. It seems I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love history. At the age of fourteen, I watched “The Six Wives of Henry VIII” on TV and was enthralled. Truth seemed much more strange than fiction. I started reading about Henry VIII and then branched out into many types of history. This even led me to study history in college. Even though I never did anything with the history degree, it’s always been a hobby of mine. I started this blog to write about my thoughts on all kinds of history from Ancient times to mid-20th Century. Please feel free to have a look around.

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The Freelance History Writer is now a contributor to the following websites:

Ancient History Encyclopedia
Early Modern England
Mittelalter Hypotheses – A German blog on the Middle Ages

Interviews with The Freelance History Writer

TudorsWeekly features The Freelance History Writer’s Tudor History Lovers Facebook page

Author Maria Grace interviews The Freelance History Writer

Gio with History and Other Thoughts blog spends 15 Minutes with The Freelance History Writer

Interview with The Freelance History Writer on Newsblaze.com

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    • Hi Justin, I’d like to e-mail you with details on guest posting. Please follow me on Twitter and pm me your e-mail address. @SusanAbernethy2


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  2. Dear Susan,

    What a splendid, thoroughly comprehensive blog you have! I have come across it a few times before, but I was just doing some research on Queen regent Marie de Guise the other day for my own blog and found your article on Mary Queen of Scots’ redoubtable mother.

    I am an aspiring American historian who, like you, was first intrigued in the Tudors by watching Masterpiece Theatre’s “The Six Wives of Henry VIII”. I subsequently read any Tudors and Stuart material I could get my hands on, and now I am studying early modern history (British, French, and Russian) as well as medieval and ancient history at University. I studied at the University of Edinburgh for a year in 2012 and absolutely fell in love with Britain, especially Scotland. My ultimate plan is to pursue a PhD and, ideally, teach at the university level.

    I am the administrator of the “Monarchists” Facebook group and a contributor to The British Monarchist Society and The Crown Chronicles. Feel free to check out these pages, as well as my personal blog:
    ryanphunter.wordpress.com, “Orthodox in the District”.

    With best wishes, and thanks again for your wonderful work!
    -Ryan Hunter
    Long Island, New York


  3. Hi Susan,

    I found out about your blog through KeriLynn E. How do you feel about sharing/featuring a comic about Grace Hopper on your blog? We are trying to spread the word about inspirational women in computer science and wanted to see if you would be interested in supporting the cause. Here’s the comic, would love to know what you think. http://ude.my/djd4m My email is ramya(at)udemy(.)com and I’m looking forward to hearing form you!


  4. Greetings! I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award – it’s supposed to recognize newer bloggers and I suspect you fall outside that category….but I went ahead and did it anyway because I love your work. Also sorry to inform you in a comment – but I didn’t see a Contact form on your site! If you check my own blog – http://janetwertman.com – it will tell you all the ground rules to accept the award (you have to thank me, add the logo to your post, share seven things about yourself, then nominate 15 more lovely blogs…)


  5. I very much enjoyed your blog, The Freelance History Writer. I am working on a history book-blog of my own, which can be seen at [one word] theoryofirony.com, then clicking on either the “sample chapter” or “blog” buttons at the top. My Rube Goldberg brain asks with an odd, well-caffeinated kind of logic: Why is there an inverse proportion between the size of the print and the importance of the message? Art. Literature. Science. Military. Religion. I call this eccentric thinking the Theory of Irony and if your busy schedule permits, give a read, leave a comment or create a link. In any event, best of luck with your own endeavors.

    P.S. It concerns Classical, Medieval and Modern eras.


  6. Hello Susan. Do you ever accept guest posts? I’m interested in writing one looking at Queen Elizabeth, Sir Francis Drake, and the law of the sea, but I need a place to put it.


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  8. Dear Susan,

    I don’t know where to start! I just love your work and your blog is fantastic!
    I’m 25 and I’m a Medieval Studies student at the University of Zurich. Sadly here medieval queenship, which is one of my main interests – I discovered it by chance, really, and now is quite an obession -, is not really a topic, for others are chosen in the curricular activities. After my graduation I hope to keep working on Medieval history… even if I have no idea how yet!
    I want to thank you, reading your blog is such a source of inspiration on the topic (and on many other things) for me!

    Wish you all the best!



    • Dear Martina, Thank you so much for your kind words! Of course I understand your obsession with medieval queenship as it is very a most interesting topic. Thank you for reading the blog and I will see you over on Facebook in the Medieval Queens group. Best regards, Susan


  9. Hi Susan

    I just discovered your blog, I wonder whether you would be interested in reviewing any Amberley books? We have a wonderful new biography of Eleanor of Castile out in September which I think might interest you?

    Please let me know.

    Many thanks



  10. Hi Susan! You have a great website! I, too, love history of all varieties – primarily art and architectural history. Do you mind if I ask how you have come to contribute to so many other sites and blogs? I am always looking for writing opportunities beyond my own blog and am wondering how you find yours. Thank you so much! Alexandra


  11. Hi Susan! I just wanted to say your website is an inspiration to me as one who also loves history, specifically social and cultural history and have been working on writing little “snippets” here and there for my own satisfaction. Reading your work had shown me that anyone can write about history it is not just reserved for individuals with doctorates and those on TV. Thank you again Susan for your inspiration


    • Hi Ashley! Thank you so much for your kind words. You have made my day. Keep writing history and think about maybe starting your own blog.


  12. Susan Hi, I m not quite sure where I am going with this! My mother, the author Mary Delorme, 6 books published (see Goodreads), has been working on a book about Offa for quite a while, hence why I noticed your feature. She is 90 now, with failing sight, so struggling to finish it. I am republishing some of her work, one of which, aside from the mention of Offa, will definitely interest you. ‘St Bartholomew’s Man’, which you can find here. There is also an Amazon link, if you need it.
    I don’t know if that was just an article, or part of something bigger about Offa? Either way, I thought it worth mentioning. Best wishes, nice blog! Jon Delorme


    • Hi Jon, That is very interesting about your mother. Good for you for republishing her work. I’ve been doing research and writing about the Anglo-Saxon kings and queens of England and find the history fascinating. Thanks for featuring The Freelance History Writer on your blog! Regards, Susan


  13. I have recently been given a family tree that appears to go as far back as 1100s. It appears that I am a descend of II King of Scots Robert *Elizabeth Mure….(King) John (Robert III) Stewart of Scotland (!!! of Scotl’d) Annabella Drummond Queen Scotland; all through my grandmother’s side of the family. I do not know a thing about Scotland. It’s exciting knowing this new information. What does this mean, if anything?


  14. Hi Susan! I didn’t know about your blog before, but now I do. Do you have a list of great historical fiction for the topics that interest you?


  15. Hello Susan, the only thing my mother ever gave me was her love of all things historical and for that i am greatful i can’t get enough of it, i love the saxon period and tudor the most but everything else is a very close runner up


    • Hi Alyson! I see you have been bitten by the history bug too. :) We appear to share similar interests. Thanks for reading. Look for another Anglo-Saxon queen and more kings coming soon.


  16. Hello,

    I’m sorry to bother you I’m sure you get questions like this all the time but I’m a student about to finish an English and History degree and I’m really really interested in becoming a freelance historian but I have no idea how to go about it. I was wondering if you could give me any tips or advice as your website is highly admirable! My aspiration would to become self-sufficient from historical writing as you have and I’d love any advice you could possibly give.

    Thank you so much in advance and I’d understand if you were too busy to reply also as long as you keep up the amazing posts!

    Natasha Martell


  17. Susan, I’m Head Editor of the new website Decoded Past. I’m recruiting history writers for the site and I’m wondering if you would be interested. I’d be delighted to hear from you. Cheers.


  18. This might interest you, Susan …



      • I see you use the stained glass window in Edinburgh’s St. Margaret’s Chapel as your avatar. Nice choice. The UK press seems entirely uninterested in my little tale of one of Scotland’s long-lost relics. They show no interest in this one, either …


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