History

Reyt as rain

The poet Patrick Kavanagh once stated that “to know fully even one field or one land is a lifetime’s experience. In the world of poetic experience it is depth that...

  • YORKSHIRE

    Richard Morris

  • REAL BARNSLEY

    Ian McMillan

History

Honest Tom’s clock

In 1599, Thomas Dallam, a remarkably calm young Lancashire organ builder, was dispatched with a team of helpers to Constantinople to present the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet III with a gift...

  • THE SULTAN’S ORGAN

    Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy

History

Out of the desert

In 1971, Peter Brown published The World of Late Antiquity, which made the then radical claim that early Islam (until 750 or so) was a final and explosive phase in...

  • THE CRUCIBLE OF ISLAM

    G. W. Bowersock

History

Uncivil rights

As the war neared its close, Congress debated how to govern the peace. What should happen to the leaders of the Confederacy? Would they still have the rights of citizens?...

History

How Nazi is it?

From the late eighteenth century, idealist thinkers cultivated the idea that the ephemeral art of music was “absolute” – supposedly transcending social function and politics. This ideology was primarily about...

  • THE NECESSITY OF MUSIC

    Celia Applegate

  • WILHELM FURTWÄNGLER

    Roger Allen

  • THE POLITICAL ORCHESTRA

    Fritz Trümpi

History

Picnics in the ruins

The preservation of local culture has long been a pressing issue in North Africa, with its cosmopolitan port cities. In the nineteenth century, French and British archaeologists invoked the Roman...

  • IN SEARCH OF ANCIENT NORTH AFRICA

    Barnaby Rogerson

History

Old world order

On October 9, 1852, the Russian frigate Pallada weighed anchor in the naval base of Kronstadt in the Gulf of Finland and embarked on a circumnavigation of the globe. The...

  • A WORLD OF EMPIRES

    Edyta M. Bojanowska

History

Yes, minister

Thomas Cromwell would probably be taken aback to find himself a celebrity. As Henry VIII’s startlingly efficient secretary of state, he mostly preferred to work behind the scenes. Yet thanks...

  • THOMAS CROMWELL

    Diarmaid MacCulloch

History

Gain of thrones

Around 1180, Henry II commissioned a new wall painting for his palace at Winchester. The painting showed an eagle, on which were perched four chicks – all of them attacking...

  • De Principis Instructione / Instruction for a Ruler

    Gerald of Wales

  • King of the North Wind

    Claudia Gold

  • The Restless Kings

    Nick Barratt

History

Man with four stomachs

Vladimir Sharov, one of the most respected Russian authors of his time, died in Moscow last month at the age of sixty-six. According to the newHistory of Russian Literature published...