History is written not simply by the victors, but by the dominant culture’s aristocracy. It is therefore of immense interest to historians that written accounts of the common man’s experiences should be preserved, however mundane.
I am one such man, and while history will be the judge of my contributions, I offer the observations and interpretations of one of my time. And if my prose should prove of limited value to my successors, may it instead serve as a simple memoir to my peers and kin.
–Simon Moorhead, 2018