By the 1970s Ronald Fraser had established himself as an expert on modern Spain and an authority on its oral history, when that discipline was an exotic new concept.
The Escorial, as a monastery and a royal palace, was the brain child of Philip II of Spain.
Knole is a country house the size of a small village in the Kent countryside.
Giles St Aubyn, in this long, scholarly book, sets out to chronicle the shifts in the Christian churches from the scientific revolution of the 17th century, and the Enlightenment of the 18th, to the apparent triumph of secularism in the 20th.
Thomas Babington Macaulay’s early essays in the Edinburgh Review were an immediate success, and soon made him a respected figure in Whig society.
Portugal has given the world two distinguished novelists.
The Last Englishman: The Double Life of Arthur Ransome, by Roland Chambers
The Morbid Age, by Richard Overy
The Spice of Life, by John Jolliffe
Memories of an SOE Historian, by M. R. D. Foot
The Dog: 5000 Years of the Dog in Art, by Tamsin Pickeral
Dogs: History, Myth, Art, by Catherine Johns
The Horse: A Celebration of Horses in Art, by Rachel and Simon Barnes
The British in France: Visitors and Residents since the Revolution, by Peter Thorold
Pompeii, by Mary Beard
St Petersburg and the British: The City Through the Eyes of British Visitors and Residents
by Anthony Cross
The trial of Mary Surratt.
Raymond Carr reviews the latest book by Ronald Fraser
Raymond Carr on the latest book from Giles Hunt
Raymond Carr reviews the new book from Wm. Roger Lewis
Ever since he could read and write John Betjeman felt himself destined to become a poet. Later he wrote, ‘I have always preferred it [poetry], knowing that its composition was my vocation and that anything else I wrote has been primarily a means of earning money in order to write poetry.’
On the 9 August 378 AD near Adrianople in Thrace the Roman army of the East was massacred and the…
Counterpoints: 25 Years of 'The New Criterion' on Culture and the Arts
edited by Roger Kimball and Hilton Kramer
When in November 1975 Franco died, he still possessed the powers granted him by his fellow generals after the outbreak…
Hugh Thomas is widely known as the author of scholarly blockbusters 1,000 pages long. He now excels in what he…
Claire Tomalin is an accomplished biographer. While she recognises Hardy’s genius, this book is not an essay in literary criticism.…