I am a freelance writer and researcher specialising in history. Currently I am researching and writing my first historical fiction novel. This is where I blog about any history topics that are currently interesting me, or that I just fancy sharing. I stick in a few opinion pieces on occasion too. You’ll find a lot of Seventeenth Century British history here. Why? Well the early modern period in Britain was the cradle of modernity, full to the brim with excitement, conflict and fascinating people, no wonder I find myself being drawn back there, again and again. One of the most fascinating characters of that period was King Charles II (1630-1685), his exploits are a theme that runs through my research and writing, in particular his unique story as the exiled King who returned to his people.