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?
In Manhattan in the early to mid nineteenth century, scores of pigs roamed the streets – about 20,000 of them at peak population in the early 1820’s, a ratio of roughly one pig to every five humans ! Many of them belonged to families. The city was quickly growing in the nineteenth century – in population and wealth disparity. Despite rapid urbanization, non-wealthy New Yorkers continued raising hogs as a means of surviving. A family could always slaughter one of its pigs to feed itself, or sell one of them since pork was a staple of the American diet. Why pigs? Other animals weren’t quite so compatible with urban life. People could let their pigs wander the streets, rummage through trash for the piles of spoiled food that was left out on the street during the day, and count on them to return home in the evening !




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