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Why did you start this page in the first place? How did this page get started?


I'm still rather amazed that this site has grown into the monster that it has. It started as just one page of my personal homepage in 1994. A friend and co-worker of mine had started playing around with running a webserver off of the machine where we worked and I decided to make a page too. I had the usual stuff: a little about where I work, my hobbies, my interests, etc. and I had a little gif icon of Elizabeth I that went to a page about the Tudor monarchs. Slowly but surely I expanded that, until I decided to move the Elizabeth pages to a GeoCities site since they were getting the most attention and starting to put a drag on my work computer. That ultimately got a little messy, with some files at GeoCities and some still on my work computer, so I decided to get a webhosting account at Simplenet, and tudor.simplenet.com debuted on July 1, 1997. In August 2000, I moved the site to another host and finally got a domain name: tudorhistory.org. I had previously called the pages Tudor England, but after thinking about it while trying to decide on a domain name, I came to the conclusion that Tudor History made a lot more sense. And the great thing about having a domain name is that the name will always move with me if I change webhosts.

For more about how I got interested in Tudor history in the first place, see the next question.