Welcome to Daily Scribbling

Hello, and welcome to my website.

From January 2013 through to the summer of 2014 I used this blog to track my daily writing, until I got a weekly column at Headstuff.org which then became my main writing venue. At the moment that has been put on hiatus, but there are five years worth of archives at Terrible People from History if you want to check that out. I’ve also done a bunch of public speaking, both at tech conferences and about historical stuff. A few of those are uploaded to Youtube.

Major sections I wrote here during the year and a half I was blogging include:

The Secret Life Of Irish Castles – Documenting the expansive history of Ireland’s more impressive structures.

The Odd Side Of Donegal – The stranger side of the north-west corner of Ireland, where I grew up.

Forgotten Empires – Some lesser-known, overlooked and occasionally totally unknown civilisations.

The Many Civil Wars Of England – Documenting struggles for the control of England since 1066.

A Brief Guide To Byzantium – The successor to the Roman Empire gets short shrift in Western European history, where we’re often told that Rome ended with the fall of the West. I try to redress the balance.

Reviews, where I mostly go through all the Sherlock Holmes movies starring Basil Rathbone.

Outside of those, there’s the more general History, Fiction, and Miscellaneous sections.

If you’re wondering why this website is called “Daily Scribbling”, check out the About section.