What period in history fascinates you the most?

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CorneliaSt Tue 12-Jan-21 21:25:46

My degree was in history (special subject was the French Revolution) but it seems like a lifetime ago. I can barely remember any of it so it's my new year's resolution to start reading more and hauling the old knowledge out.

I'm as fascinated with WW2 as I ever was as a geeky child, but I also particularly enjoy Renaissance history and a good old king and queen story.

If you have any book recommendations that would be great.

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heidbuttsupper Tue 12-Jan-21 21:33:05

Ancient Egypt! Learned about it in primary school and was fascinated

mbosnz Tue 12-Jan-21 21:35:15

This is well before the current well known series, but the Regency Period. I was reading Georgette Heyer when I was seven, lol. After that, Victorian.

katy1213 Tue 12-Jan-21 21:35:19

Vichy France.

SignOnTheWindow Tue 12-Jan-21 21:35:31

Ptolemaic Alexandria.

LunaNorth Tue 12-Jan-21 21:37:03

Ancient Rome

wellthatsunusual Tue 12-Jan-21 21:37:33

Edwardian era. Such a different time, and yet strangely modern as well.


Bellybootcut Tue 12-Jan-21 21:39:18

Georgian. I'd love to walk the streets of my town during this period. The buildings, the clothes etc...

Cattermole Tue 12-Jan-21 21:39:59

British Civil Wars and Restoration.
I started studying them 30 years ago (!!!!) at A level and I'm still learning amazing stuff every day about the period. I'm an author and a re-enactor as well as a curious historian so you might say I'm pretty fully immersed in the mid 17th century....

Tehmina23 Tue 12-Jan-21 21:40:30

Ww2 Eastern Europe

Mrsmorton Tue 12-Jan-21 21:40:49

1-11 Jan 2021 so far...

mumnowformerrockstar Tue 12-Jan-21 21:41:12

I have a strong interest in biblical times. I'm not at all religious but it fascinates me.

CorneliaSt Tue 12-Jan-21 21:43:53

British Civil Wars and Restoration.

It's really dreadful to admit, but I have such a gap in knowledge of Regency and Georgian history. I skip from the Stuarts right up to Victoria blush

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waltzingparrot Tue 12-Jan-21 21:46:44

Tudor times for me. I'm fascinated by social/domestic history. How they made cheese, cleaned clothes, made shoes etc?

speakout Tue 12-Jan-21 21:48:16

The Neolithic times- but I know that isn't allowed to be called history!

CoronaIsWatching Tue 12-Jan-21 21:48:40

Victorian to first half of 20th Century

CorneliaSt Tue 12-Jan-21 21:50:04

Tudor times for me. I'm fascinated by social/domestic history. How they made cheese, cleaned clothes, made shoes etc?

Any books you can recommend?

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MrsWhistledown Tue 12-Jan-21 21:50:18

I've read lots of historical fiction set in Tudor times and around the end of the plantagenet era (the whole princes in the tower thing is fascinating to me) so both of those time periods for sure.

I've also read a lot of books based on Aliénor of Aquitane and again that time period is so interesting as the thought of her living c.800 years ago just kind of blows my mind a bit!

NigellasGuest Tue 12-Jan-21 21:50:33

1920s and 1930s - interwar years

SueEllenMishke Tue 12-Jan-21 21:52:51

I change my mind depending on what I'm reading!!
I do always come back to the Tudor's though.

My 6 year old is obsessed with WWII so I'm learning a lot about that at the moment.

doadeer Tue 12-Jan-21 21:53:57

Restoration always reminds me of this iconic tune 🤣

I did a BA and MA in history specialising in early modern. I did a lot on history of mental health, prisons, homosexuality and male identity. I loved it. Still fascinates me

Cattermole Tue 12-Jan-21 21:58:10

Ha, I very much fear I'm on the Right But Repulsive side @doadeer.

My thing is early Stuart revenge tragedy - blackly humorous, filthy, and sexy. And when you get to the 1660s...art, science, poetry, what's not to like?
And @CorneliaSt - Ruth Goodman of course "How To Be A Tudor"!

RoseMartha Tue 12-Jan-21 22:00:05

Georgian and Victorian

CorneliaSt Tue 12-Jan-21 22:01:07

Thank you, looks good!

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ktld Tue 12-Jan-21 22:03:00

I did Ancient History at Uni with a focus on Ptolemaic Egypt. Love anything from ancient Egypt up to Roman Egypt though. It’s fascinating!

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