The People’s History

Forget “Dowton Abbey”, “Bridgerton” and “The Crown”. The history that matters was made by ordinary people.

Frank Parker
5 min readNov 22, 2022

Cyfarthfa Castle, home of William Crawshay one of three Iron Masters who controlled the lives of workers in the South Wales valleys in the nineteenth century. Image from

Am I alone in finding it strange that so much twenty first century historical fiction centres on the ‘big house’ and the affairs of the aristocracy, when the trials and tribulations of their tenants and labourers are ignored?

Frank Parker

Frank is a retired Engineer from England now living in Ireland. He is trying to learn and share the lessons of history.