The Bairn of Brianag

The Bairn of Brianag
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I just love history, don't you? Okay, maybe you don't. Maybe to you history means dozing against the wall during long, dull lectures, memorization of names and dates you don't care about, or reading long chapters in tiny print the night before an exam.

Maybe you even studied hard and got As and Bs, but you don't remember a single thing from your courses, because it was something you did because you had to--certainly not because you wanted to. But I'm here to tell you: History is anything but dull. When you leave the classroom and the textbooks and start looking for stories about people, history becomes interesting, even--dare I say?

What fascinates me most when studying history are the everyday lives of the people. This aspect is scarcely addressed in high school and undergraduate History courses; it's something that I have studied outside of school. I was fortunate to have been given an independent research project on the subject of my choice; I chose to study the role of women in American Colonial society. I wondered about the everyday lives of women prior to the American Revolution.

Women like Pocahontas. When we read the history, we find that Pocahontas was only about ten years old when she met John Smith; unlikely that they were the lovers portrayed in popular cinema. And what about Dorothy Bradford, the wife of the first governor of Plymouth Colony. Did she really kill herself? The more I research, the less I seem to know; I feel that I could spend the rest of my life looking for the answers to my questions.

After all, the records of the women of history are sketchy. Much of what we "know" of these women is surmised from the brief references made by the men who were so busy recording their own exploits they seemed to have had little space left for documenting the day to day affairs of their women folk.

And of course we know why the women weren't documenting their own history. I have been writing novels since I was eleven years old, and I plan to write many more. Total Pageviews. Subscribe Posts Atom. Comments Atom. April 13, Welcome to my Colonial Women blog. You won't find scholarly writing here well, not very often, anyway but you will find, I hope, an interesting take on the daily lives of the women who shaped the beginning of our American experience.

I just love history, don't you? Okay, maybe you don't.

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Maybe to you history means dozing against the wall during long, dull lectures, memorization of names and dates you don't care about, or reading long chapters in tiny print the night before an exam. Maybe you even studied hard and got As and Bs, but you don't remember a single thing from your courses, because it was something you did because you had to--certainly not because you wanted to.

But I'm here to tell you: History is anything but dull. When you leave the classroom and the textbooks and start looking for stories about people, history becomes interesting, even--dare I say? What fascinates me most when studying history are the everyday lives of the people. This aspect is scarcely addressed in high school and undergraduate History courses; it's something that I have studied outside of school.

I was fortunate to have been given an independent research project on the subject of my choice; I chose to study the role of women in American Colonial society. I wondered about the everyday lives of women prior to the American Revolution. Women like Pocahontas. When we read the history, we find that Pocahontas was only about ten years old when she met John Smith; unlikely that they were the lovers portrayed in popular cinema.

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I wrote dozens of stories over the years, in spiral notebooks and on the backs of discarded printed copy paper and on a word processor, storing my work on floppy disks. I started and quit and started again. Got distracted by motherhood and work and survival.

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Want to Read saving…. After all, the records of the women of history are sketchy. Email required Address never made public. Older Posts. The third, about Augusta, was the best yet. Mary Moore. Error rating book.

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Dropped out. Got married again and had some more kids. Got divorced a second time. Went through another break-up and a move and a hurricane or three.

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Re-enrolled at the university. I remember vividly the spring break when I started the Brianag series. I was almost overwhelmed with my workload at school, struggling to feed and educate my children, commuting back and forth forty-five minutes twice a day, three to four times a week. I had projects and exams looming. I wrote all afternoon and all day that Sunday. Over the next several years, these characters became, in every way but physical, real to me.