This week I’ve been using the comment feature in word to mark up bits of my work that I’d had ideas about, or needed to do a bit more digging on. It was a new idea, brought on in part by a lack of confidence that they way I’d been working, the way I’ve always worked, was no longer quite up to it. I thought it might stop me forgetting things that I’d thought of, which was happening a bit, even though I keep a PhD notebook of ideas that I carry around with me. With the notebook, it relied on me checking it regularly. Putting the comments directly onto the work keeps them in mind. The downside is that as I can see them all the time, I’m getting a bit overwhelmed by them. There are so many little things that need doing that I haven’t been sure where to start.

Still, this morning I was looking at Thomas Stafford’s rebellious taking of Scarborough Castle in 1557, and making my way through the state papers relating to it. Much more fun, as I’d been getting a bit bogged down.

I reckon that in terms of my chapter, I’ve written about a paragraph this week…

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Just in case any of you are interested, I spent more than three hours in casualty this morning getting my ribs checked out, and having had an x-ray the doctors think they are probably not fractured.  So they’ve given me stronger painkillers and told me to rest, which is fine by me.  And as I have a sedentary lifestyle, I will still be able to do some research.   At least, I assumed I would.  The trouble was that an hour after taking my first dose I started to feel most peculiar: dizzy and woozy and a bit nauseous.  It took me about quarter of an hour to realise that it was probably the painkillers, not the effect of reading Alice Hunt’s thesis, and I settled down for a nap on the sofa.  I felt a bit better when I woke up.  So I guess I’ll have to see how it goes over the next few days.

On the plus side, while sitting around in casualty I finished reading ‘Philip of Spain, King of England’ by Harry Kelsey.  Suffice to say that I will stilll wait for the definitive biography that Glyn Redworth intends to write.