This blog was active from 2006 to 2013. I am an independent historian and professional palaeographer. I have published articles on horse supply and cavalry tactics in War in History and Journal of Military History, and a book, Horses, People and Parliament in the English Civil War: Extracting Resources and Constructing Allegiance, with Ashgate.

I now run Different Hand Ltd, offering manuscript transcription, XML markup, and data processing/cleaning for historians. You can contact me there or find me at:

Failing better?

Samuel Beckett wrote, ‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.’ I don’t think there’s a right way to do history but I always try to do it better.