Robert Stewart

Eager for the fight

20 October 2012 9:00 am

Horatio Nelson is England’s most loved military hero. Marlborough is remote from our view, and the aristocratic Wellington was perhaps…

Patriot or traitor?

10 March 2012 11:00 am

The mighty convulsion that was the French Revolution has stirred the blood of historians from Thomas Carlyle to Simon Schama…

Poetic licentiousness

19 February 2011 12:00 am

Reprobates were, in the Calvinist lexicon, those unfortunates not included among God’s elect and therefore sentenced to eternal damnation.

Ride on in majesty

2 October 2010 12:00 am

Governments in early modern England, having no standing army nor a civil service to speak of, required the consent of the governed.

What’s in a date?

3 March 2010 12:00 am

Felipe Fernández-Armesto has a grand idea.

Karl Marx got it right

14 October 2009 12:00 am

Whether the refusal to allow the Confederate states the right to self-determination, flying as it did in the face of the Declaration of Independence, was the first overt act of American imperialism is a question that goes largely undiscussed.

Rebels with a cause

10 June 2009 12:00 am

Summer of Blood, by Dan Jones

A country of ruins

30 July 2008 12:00 am

Robert Stewart reviews Robert Gildea's history of France

Might is always right

28 May 2008 12:00 am

John Laughland on a new book on political trials

Last but not least

30 April 2008 12:00 am

Robert Stewart reviews Susan James' new book

Power to the people

27 February 2008 12:00 am

Robert Stewart on Michael Braddick's account of the English Civil War

Peanuts and popcorn and crackerjack

15 August 2007 2:27 pm

Baseball Haiku: The Best Haiku Ever Written About The Game
edited by Cor van den Heuvel and Nanae Tamura

Shakespeare got it wrong

18 July 2007 1:41 pm

The Fears of Henry IV: The Life of England’s Self-Made King
by Ian Mortimer

The unkindest cut

2 May 2007 5:13 pm

From the day in 1513 that Balboa stared at the Pacific from a peak in Darien men dreamed of cutting…

When tobacco worked wonders

15 February 2007 9:23 am

The British empire in North America was not founded in a fit of absence of mind, though it might be…

All too minor to matter

18 January 2007 7:38 am

Monarchy, monarchy, monarchy. Are we so addicted to it that we want to read the life of a boy who…

Heads that wore the crown

6 December 2006 6:10 pm

David Starkey’s latest book has a Gibbonesque moment. Charles I was undone by ‘his unbending adherence to principle’; ‘in contrast…

A shortage of wine and olives

26 October 2006 11:05 am

War and religion are the enduring themes of history and they, or at least war and the Church (for theology…

The minimum of turbulence

19 July 2006 6:36 pm

Glorious, bloodless, last, perhaps all of those things, but the revolution of 1688 was hardly a revolution at all. It…

Elusive brothers in arms

12 November 2005 12:00 am

History and fiction have their differences. The most obvious and the most important is that scrupulous historians hesitate to say…

The painful, birth of the nation-state

15 October 2005 12:00 am

‘Happiness is a new idea in Europe,’ the austere, implacable revolutionary Louis de Saint-Just wrote in 1791, as events in…

Pinning down the king

24 September 2005 12:00 am

While well-heeled, self-preserving lawyers of eminence and rank fled to London to avoid a perilous undertaking, John Cooke, a low-born…

Protecting the infant republic

6 August 2005 12:00 am

Ever since Edmund Burke deserted the liberalism that had distinguished him as a champion of American independence and Irish home…

Murder made easy

14 May 2005 12:00 am

What is one to make of this little book? There is much that is good in it, about new handguns,…

How much of a saint?

26 February 2005 12:00 am

Most biographies are written against a sketchy background of historical events drawn with just enough broad strokes of the brush…