... you have to know where you have been.
It sounds like a famous quote. Some say it an old English quote others attribute it to an American but the bottom line is that it strikes a chord that should be attended to. I have even said those oft repeated words - what's the point of history? In my opinion knowing your history adds depth to your personality and character, which in turn is reflected in all you say and do.
Sir Thomas Hedley
In attempting to trace my ancestry I came across a link, a direct ancestor link to Sir Thomas Hedley born 1571. The coat of arms of his family, and I suppose mine, is above although I would have no right to use it. There is also a quote from my venerable ancestor discussing treason in the Houses of Parliament in 1609 and it sounds as if he was of the legal profession.
The above doesn't mean I am entitled to any kind of benefit but it does rather give a feeling of depth and belonging. The family seat at Hedley on the Hill is near Stocksbridge which is west of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Sir John Thomas Hedley?
This could be my knighted ancestor. I've looked carefully and can't see a family resemblance!
Some would say that in the realm of writing this sort of history is of little importance but in fact if you follow the advice and write from where you're at then there is value in knowing your background.
Of course the amount of influence is infinitesimally small and you don't know which parts are doing what but it is the depth that counts.
My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
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This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.
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