Welcome to Richard Dace's website


I'm a history graduate and the content of this site reflects some of my fairly diverse historical interests. This includes the military service of my grandfather in the First World War, and a brief biography of Marmaduke Rawdon, an unusual Royalist colonel in the English Civil War. Details of articles I have written about medieval Warwickshire can be found on the Publications page.

My favourite place?


Sainte-Suzanne is a medieval walled town in Mayenne, about 30km west of Le Mans.

Website

Sir Marmaduke Rawdon

A brief history, written a few year ago and in need of revision.

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About Me

My ancestors lived in Wethersfield in Essex and Elpenrod in Germany, amongst other places. I spent my early years in Grimsby and later moved to Leamington Spa. I took a degree in History and Archaeology at University College, Cardiff, and worked on digs at Llanthony Priory and Laugharne Castle. My first proper job turned out to be debt collecting for a London property company. I worked in commercial property management for a few years but then switched to property management software. I have been variously a trainer, tester, implementation consultant and business analyst. I studied for an M.Phil in Medieval History in my spare time in the 1990s and have had articles published in a number of academic journals. When time and funds allow I visit Normandy, The Western Front, Northumberland, and Pembrokeshire; failing which I browse the shelves at The Institute of Historical Research

I live in East London with a midwife, and support England Rugby. I once appeared in Mayfair magazine (Vol 20, No 4, 1985) and Rutger Hauer is my favourite movie actor.

What do I believe?


"The facts of life are Conservative" Margaret Thatcher

"Religion is man-made" Christopher Hitchens

Things I like

TaxPayers' Alliance

Stopping government waste

Reenactment

Rawdon's Regiment 1984-1990

British Legion

Remembrance

Epping Forest

Fifteen minutes away