I had been writing for about twelve years. I knew pretty well how you could find things out, but I had never been trained in an academic way how to go about the research.
I just thank my father and mother, my lucky stars, that I had the advantage of an education in the humanities.
I can fairly be called an amateur because I do what I do, in the original sense of the word - for love, because I love it. On the other hand, I think that those of us who make our living writing history can also be called true professionals.
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.