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I have loved history since I was fortunate enough to encounter an inspirational teacher in my teens. My special interest is in the medieval period, particularly the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the subject of my doctoral thesis. As a home-educating mother my own love of history has grown into an interest in teaching history, particularly using narrative texts and historical fiction, and in writing history for children. I have also developed a secondary interest in historiography - the history of historical writing - particularly from a Catholic perspective.

Here are a few historical articles and resources I hope will be helpful in teaching history to children.



  • British History Book List - an extensive list including both fiction and non-fiction

  • European History Book List - non-fiction and historical fiction set in Europe, in chronological order

  • Ancient History Book List

  • British History Course Outline (.pdf file) - a British history course for children aged 8 to 14, using a selection of narrative based texts, non-fiction resources and historical fiction.


  • John Lingard and Catholic History - John Lingard (1771-1851) has been called the greatest historian of the second millenium. Find out about this little known Catholic country priest whose study of history was 150 years ahead of his time.

  • The English Reformation: a Summary