The Freelance History Writer Has Reached One Million Views!

Thanks to all the history lovers and readers of this blog. I’m proud to announce The Freelance History Writer has reached one million views. When I began this journey five years ago, I wanted to share my love of history and hoped to pique the interest of others to read and enjoy history. And my goal is to tell the true, unvarnished history which to me is stranger (and better) than fiction. I want to celebrate with a giveaway for one lucky reader.

Initially the stories I told were about women, especially medieval women. This is still the main focus of the blog. I have found that women’s lives in the past have either been hidden from the chronicles or maybe even worse, their reputations have been trashed. With new insight into the records, women’s stories are emerging and reputations restored. At The Freelance History Writer, I will continue to give up to date information and hopefully turn the narrative around on women in history.

There are several threads I am following here at The Freelance History Writer. My first love is for Tudor and medieval history. Following that is French history which I have adored since I was in college. The French history section has categories in French and Burgundian history, French women, and 17th and 18th Century artists. Other eras explored here are Anglo-Saxon England and Scottish history. And one of my favorite categories here is Queens which include those of England, France and Scotland. There is a smattering of Early Modern and Modern history here too.

Here are some statistics for the blog. In addition to the one million views, there have been over 600,000 visitors. The Freelance History Writer blog has over two thousand followers. By far the most popular post has been Where is King Henry VIII Buried and Why Doesn’t He Have a Tomb? which has had over 29,000 views! This is followed by The Illnesses and Death of King Edward VI, Rollo, Viking Count of Normandy and next up is Margaret of York, Duchess of Burgundy which has been one my most popular posts for years.

In honor of this historic milestone, I would like to give a gift certificate to Amazon.com to one lucky reader. To enter for a chance to win, please choose your favorite article on the blog. Tell me what you have chosen and why you like it in 150 words or less. Write your choice in the comments section below. The contest will be open for a week and I will inform the winner by E-mail. Once again, thanks for reading. Keep coming back for more. Articles are posted every week. If you aren’t following, fill in your E-mail address at “Follow this Blog” at the top right of the page. Good Luck!

38 responses

  1. Many congratulations. It’s a great achievement. One can learn so much from studying history. It’s good that so many people appear to think the same way. Paradoxically, maybe it gives us some hope for the future.

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  2. Hi Susan. First of all, let me congratulate you on reaching one million views. what an incredible milestone!!
    I find it extremely difficult to pick out just one blog, since there isn’t one yet that I’ve read which hasn’t been informative and so well researched and articulated by you. I find the periods in history which you cover to be fascinating and informative. Keep the blogs coming. I look forward to reading them all.
    I must say I’m a bit of a history buff and enjoy reading about the time periods which you cover.

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  3. Huge congratulations, Susan! You have a fabulous site which is an inspiration to your fellow-bloggers and to anyone who shares your love of history. I was weaned on the subject and absorbed it all through school and university, but I know not everyone gets it – partly because it did not grab them, for whatever reason, when they were younger. But so many people tell me they love it now they are older. History is so full of stories – as you say, better than fiction – and it is what makes us the people we are. So – more power to your typing finger for the next one million views! Some of us have a bit of catching-up to do – on which note I want to thank you again for dropping into A Bit About Britain as you do, and for the boosts you give the site!

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  4. I love everything you have posted. All not it is new to me but I have tried over the years to increase my knowledge of the people and times they lived in, mostly through well researched novels. (My only source in information until now.) Your articles have really opened up a whole new and exciting area of history for me! Thank you so much for all your research and your posts! I like EVERYTHING as it is new! Love Glen.

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  5. Hi from southern California! I love history, always have. This interest has sparked travels near and far – in order to walk in the true path of historical figures I have read in my books. I truly enjoy reading your stories. I am fascinated by all facets of European history. However, I was startled by an article I read regrading the artwork of Degas and true lives of the beautiful ballerinas he painted. Astonishing! I love learning something new. Your blog does that – gives insight, historical accounts, peaks our interest to learn more. Great job!

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  6. Susan,
    For the last hour I’ve been sorting through your blog to find a favorite post and I cannot. I’m related to many of these people and want to know what their lives were like.
    My royal line ends at James V of Scotland and continues through James Stewart, a son with Margaret Erskine, one of James’ many mistresses. I’m astounded to realize how interrelated these medieval royals are. And how many of them killed each other off.
    The articles about Elizabeth of York, Katherine of Aragon, Mary Queen of Scots, Lady Katherine Gordon, Joan of Arc. and the wardrobe of Margaret of Denmark are a few posts that stand out. I loved reading about Holyroodhouse, trying to imagine living in a cold drafty stone building. And with the layers of clothes they wore, the smells must have been atrocious.
    Thanks for bringing these people and places to life.
    Jan

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  7. I love your site and enjoy its variety very much! I am particularly drawn to medieval women; especially Hilda of Whitby and Hildegard of Bingen. I find their writings so relevant to women of any era and always enjoy reading about medieval women. I also enjoy your inclusion of castles, churches and cathedrals among your writings. I also enjoy architecture and folk lore and I often find those included as well! Congrats on the MILLION views!!

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    • Thank you themosthappyqueen! I love your choices of early medieval women and I agree with you about their writings.

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  8. Congratulations on the milestone. I’ve been following you for about two years. I’ve bought quite a few of your recommended books, even from Amazon when I really want to read one.
    Looking forward to seeing your two million mark!
    All the Best!

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  9. So interesting. Just started with this site. Everything so far is enthralling. I am currently reading The White Princess and taping the special to watch at a later time. Always want to read the book first.
    Thank you for your dedication to all things history.

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  10. It is not my intent to enter your contest. I just want you to know how much I enjoy your ‘blog’ and read them all. I intend to bookmark this page so I can pick up entries I may have missed in the past. I have loved medieval history since I read my first abbreviated story sometime in grade school. My current read is “Three Sisters, Three Queens” by Philippa Gregory, to be followed by “Queen’s Consort”

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