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