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Mary Queen of Scots is an enigma. For the last four hundred and fifty years she has been presented as a romanticCharacterised by expressions of love; or an idealised way of looking at…
The last two decades of the fourteenth century stand out in English history, distinguished by cultural, social and political shifts that have echoed through the centuries. Yet perhaps the most widely…
The myths of the ‘Great War’ are the foundation mythsMyths of origin that explain and give a narrative about a nation's past. of the twentieth century, providing a frame of reference for…

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Diarmaid MacCulloch’s latest book is a biography of Henry VIII’s infamous minister, who oversaw the Dissolution of the MonasteriesA set of administrative and legal processes between 1536 and 1541…
Dr Suzannah Lipscomb is an accomplished historian and author, who has published several books on Henry VIII and the sixteenth century. She is currently Reader in Early Modern History at the…
After taking the internet by storm with her colourised historical photographs, Marina Amaral has teamed up with bestselling historian Dan Jones to produce the breathtaking The Colour of Time, which…

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'Fayke Newes' is not a history book, but it is one man’s informed perspective on the state of journalism today, and how it got to that point. It is a call for intelligent discussion, and it is a call…
Elizabeth I is one of England’s most recognisable monarchs.
Schama’s beautifully descriptive prose follows the causes and course of the French Revolution from the 1770s to the fall of Robespierre, drawing from disciplines across the historical spectrum. The…