After him, I never had another professor who was so enthusiastic and as sad as this is - my knowledge of geography and world history is very lacking.
While writing my first book, I realized I needed to know things about my vampire's past. Mathias and Val were hundreds of years old, and Rose, she's over a thousand. I had to do the dreaded research.
It's funny now, there are so many great TV shows like Reign, The Tudors, and Borgia among others that are wonderful for getting the average history hater to actually see how very cool it can be. I am actually quite well-versed when it comes to Henry VIII thanks to Jonathan Rhys Meyers. As I'd watch the show, I kept my handy, dandy iPad nearby and as different events took place, I'd look them up to verify the authenticity of the program. Sure, liberties are taken with all those shows, however, I am grateful to them because they piqued my interest in topics that I'd never cared to learn.
When writing the Lily Drake series, I was careful to include real places, real historical figures and authentic scenarios, although I seriously doubt Henry VIII was ever in love with a vampire named Rose. Never know though, do you?