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?
For perhaps 600 years, the patron saint of England - not Britain - has been Saint George. Before St George, there were several candidates for the position, including the last king of the ancient Saxon royal house, St Edward the Confessor, son of the disastrous King Ethelred the Unready. But St Edward was a monkish fellow, always praying, and never popular. Whereas St George, by repute, had slain a dragon on top of a well-known beauty spot in southern England. The fact that he was most likely an obscure third-century Roman, who had never been to the British Isles in his life, and is unlikely to have met a dragon, could be forgotten. He was heroic, he had a fine silver shield with a bold red cross on it, like a crusader. And the Londoners liked him and made him their own. When this author was a Wolf Cub and a Boy Scout in his childhood, he always had to march in the big St George’s Day parade, on the twenty-third day of this month !




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