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Gravesend historian overcomes illness to teach and write worldwide

PUBLISHED: 10:08 06 January 2016

Toni Mount

Toni Mount

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Toni Mount runs online and group educational history sessions

A Gravesend historian who has battled with a genetic illness is now offering history classes worldwide.

62-year-old author Toni Mount from Kitchener Avenue suffers from a genetic disability, causing her to have unsteady hands, feet and voice.

In school, Mrs Mount says she struggled to complete exams, as she would write notably slower than her peers.

But after taking a course at the Open University, Mrs Mount managed to combine her love of science and history to begin sharing her passion with the world.

She said: “I’ve always believed in life long learning, I did my degree at the Open University while in my 50s.

“A lot of people look back on history in school and say they hated it, especially older people who will remember having to memorise dates.

“I try to make history more relatable by telling the lives of regular people, it’s surprising how well we can relate to the people who were alive 500 years ago, there may have been changes in society but peple were basically the same.”

Mrs Mount has already published a series of fiction and non-fiction books as well now running on online course, ‘everyday life of medieval folk’ which has received international acclaim.

One user from Australia claimed: “It’s marvelous, there are so many cool topics, I want to read them all at once.”

Best-selling author Claire Ridgway narrates the course, and she has praised the the depth of the course.

She said: “We always hear about medieval kings, queens and nobility, yet we rarely get to hear about the normal everyday people of the times.

“In this case, the course outlines the daily routines and day to day lives of various trades people and characters of the medieval era.”

As well as offering the online course, Mrs Mount also offers group session in the St George’s Centre in Gravesend and the Poverest Centre in Petts Wood.

After earning her degree and gaining a masters, Mrs Mount claims the only thing stopping her from getting a PHD is not having enough time.

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