Education


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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 centuries, Chinese ladies had their feet bound from childhood, a process that involved breaking their toes and forcing their feet to grow into a shape like a little hoof, on which they would totter.  This was thought to be elegant and alluring.  Poor women who had to work in the fields usually did not have bound feet, nor did the ruling Manchu clans  -  though even the Manchu empress was proud that her feet were naturally tiny.




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