My knowledge of “the past” is relatively limited to specific periods of history. I have a degree in Ancient Greek and Latin, so I could tell you all about Suetonius’ account of Claudius’ imperial reign in excruciating depth, although I doubt you’d want me to. I know a lot about the Tudors, because I went to school in England, and we’re so obsessed with Henry VIII in England that you’d think he was the 6th member of One Direction and the inventor of Marmite. I can also tell you about the ’90s, but only because I was there.

And that’s about it, really. The gaps in my historical knowledge, oddly enough, happen to cover pretty much anywhere that isn’t England, or small pockets of Italy, France, and Germany in the 16th and 17th centuries. I only know about the American Revolution through musicals. But there seems to be somewhat of a historical renaissance going on right now, and thankfully, this time, for once, it’s not just about medieval Europe.

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