Education


Education

It is my hope that, having entertained readers, my novels may encourage them to study history further; and I am proud of the fact that extracts from my books have been used in schools and textbooks. I believe that the teaching of history is one of the most important aspects of education in the world today. Part of my mission is to promote the study of history in any way I can.

Over the years, in lectures and speeches, I have made use of some notes and anecdotes, mostly quite short, concerning subjects such as: the importance of history, the treatment of history in novels, how the disciplines of fiction can be helpful to history students, the ethics of historical writing, how novels can disseminate propaganda, and other matters besides. Some of these are set out below.


Many Thanks, Edward Rutherfurd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did You Know?
Potatoes were made illegal in France for 24 years ! The French became convinced that the South American vegetable could cause a whole host of diseases, including leprosy, so in 1748, the cultivation and consumption of potatoes was strictly outlawed. It wasn’t until an imprisoned medical army officer named Antoine Auguste Parmentier survived in his prison cell subsisting solely on a diet of potatoes that acceptance of the food began to shift. After being released from prison, Parmentier went on to write a thesis about its health benefits, helping to overturn the law and re-introduce the potato to the French public in 1772. Within 20 years, potatoes became one of the most popular, and indeed, important foods in France. Even the ornamental royal gardens in Tuileres Palace in Paris - originally filled with flowers and exotic plants - were converted into potato fields.




Welcome
Please choose your regional preference: