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Susan Abernethy

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. Recently a friend graciously allowed me to write for her women’s history blog, Saints Sisters and Sluts. I’ve decided to diversify and do more than just women’s history. I’m going to write my thoughts on all kinds of history from Ancient to mid-20th Century. Please enjoy.

Any and all sources used for these posts are at the bottom of each page under “Sources”.

All images used are in the public domain unless specified otherwise in the caption.

To contact me, leave a comment on any of the posts.

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

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

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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38 responses

  1. 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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  3. 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!

    Martina

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    • 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

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  4. 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

    Alex

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  5. 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

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  6. 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

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    • 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.

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  7. 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.

    http://stbartholomewsman.wordpress.com/about/

    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

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    • 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

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  8. 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?

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  9. 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?

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  10. 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

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    • 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.

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  11. 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

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  12. 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.

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  13. This might interest you, Susan …

    Best,
    Jeff

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      • 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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