History has always been a passion of mine. It began long ago when my mother read me the Little House on the Prairie series. Since that time, I have read volumes of history books, taken classes for the sure pleasure of learning, watched documentaries, and been drawn to historical fiction movies and television programs sometimes for no other reason than I want to study the sets and costume design.
But not every period of history speaks equally to me. I don’t find them all fascinating or even interesting, and while I know quite a bit about world history in general, there is only one period on which I would consider myself an amateur historian.