I am a historian of monarchy and the high aristocracy of Europe. I focus primarily as an academic on the early modern period and France, but my interests range from early medieval Ireland to 20th-century Russia.
I teach history at Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, England, and am the senior editor of The Court Historian, the journal of the Society for Court Studies. I am also a musician and an avid traveler. I love heraldry and genealogy. My ancestors came from Germany to the American colonies in the 18th century and I am a proud Virginian.
Paul started researching his family history in 1997 having had an intested in the topic since a childhood visit by an Aunt from Canada who was tracing her own Wiltshire ancestors.
Professionally, Paul's experience includes extensive experience in public relations, marketing and events. More recently, he has focussed on web and software development and is responsible for two leading WordPress family history plugins - TreePress and WPGenealogy.