I am going to do something I definitely don’t normally do in this blog. Just very briefly I’m going to talk about me. When I was at school, one of my favourite subjects was history. I can’t remember what it was that I enjoyed about the subject, I just remember that enjoyment. Then I went to college. There I met, what I still class as the most boring history teacher in the universe. He pretty much destroyed the topic for me.
well, I don’t think he really destroyed it, completely, lets say damaged. Anyhow, There have been a couple of times over the last 40 years where an interest in history has served me well. Not least spending four and a half years in Berlin, a city truly steeped in history. That the Berlin Wall came down halfway through that period was really the icing on the cake (and a period of my life of which I am always proud to talk).
Now, living in Gosport makes it almost impossible to not appreciate the fact that this town is absolutely stuffed with history. As to the question of why am I writing about history when on a Wednesday I should be writing about photography. Apart from the fact that my self imposed regime allows for occasional posts on random topics, I wanted to follow up on my post from Monday, where I commented upon the book of the week; The Gosport Journals. In particular the inspection of the fleet by Charles I in 1627.
A dear friend of mine who read the piece commented that Charles had prepared the invasion in support of the Huguenots. Now, I have heard of the Huguenots, but did not know who or what they were. Of course they were (are) a Protestant sect, born of the Calvanists if I’m not mistaken. I didn’t really know who they were either.
It was nice and good to have a train of thought triggered by a comment, and to do a little bit of research as well.