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About Laura Crockett

Hi there, I'm Laura Crockett
I'm a private tutor based out of Los Angeles, CA.

During a summer when I was in high school, on a warm Sunday afternoon, I complained to my mother that I was bored. She gave me a puzzled look, pointed to the bookcases-we had two in the living room-and then said. “How can you be bored?” I was 16, and at 16 no teen wants to be outsmarted by their mother. She turned away to return to the work she had in her small office that was out kitchen.

My grumpiness did not abate. That’s when I heard a little voice that said, “Why don’t you pick me up?” What? Who was that talking? I glanced at the bookcase. Silence. I turned back to see my mother working on documents she had spread across the kitchen table. “Oh, don’t be so stubborn,” the little voice said. “Come over here, and just touch me.” Okay, I thought, whoever you are, I call your bluff. I turned my head to the side so that I could read the titles of the middle shelf. One struck me as weird because it was a dichotomy. War and Peace. The author’s name was Leo Tolstoi. I reached out and picked it up. I opened it. I began to read.

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“Well, Prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family estates of the Buonapartes. But I warn you, if you don’t tell me that this means war, if you still try to defend the infamies and horrors perpetrated by that Antichrist—I really believe he is Antichrist—I will have nothing more to do with you and you are no longer my friend, no longer my ‘faithful slave,’ as you call yourself! But how do you do? I see I have frightened you—sit down and tell me all the news.” It was in July, 1805, and the speaker was the well-known Anna Pávlovna Scherer, maid of honor and favorite of the Empress Márya Fëdorovna. With these words she greeted Prince Vasíli Kurágin, a man of high rank and importance, who was the first to arrive at her reception."

I asked myself, “Hey, who is this guy Napoleon, and why did he invade Russia? And how did he come to power?” So that got me studying. From Napoleon, I traveled back in time to the French Revolution, and then back to the kings, and then back to the formation of Europe. I was on a fantastic journey! I am still on that journey. Always researching. Always writing about history, and my other passion, mythology. I love history, and I want you to love it as well.

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