Sean McGlynn

Frederick I, aka Barbarossa, in Goslar, Germany (Photo: Getty)

Frederick Barbarossa: the Teutonic King Arthur

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Hitler, ever seeking to emulate strong German hero types (especially if their Christian name was Frederick), unsurprisingly named his great…

The coronation of Henry IV by the Master of the Harley Froissart

Henry IV: unsightly usurper and megalomaniac

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Poor old Henry IV: labelled (probably unfairly) as a leper, but accurately as a usurper, he has been one of…

Portrait generally thought to be of Ghenghis Khan

Was Genghis Khan the cruellest man who ever lived?

27 June 2015 9:00 am

From the unpromising and desperately unforgiving background that forged his iron will and boundless ambition, Temujin (as Genghis Khan was…

King Louis IX embarks for the Crusades

The forgotten flowering of the medieval mind

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Sean McGlynn is delighted by a cultural journey through the Middle Ages, replete with philosophy, heresy and mysticism

Henry VI did at least fulfil one function of kingship — that of ‘sacerdos’. Kneeling behind him is his uncle Henry Cardinal Beaufort, and standing (bearded) is another uncle, the ‘good Duke’ Humphrey

Britain’s own game of thrones

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Thank goodness for Game of Thrones. I think. Apparently it is inspired by the Wars of the Roses, drawing inspiration…

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Revolutionary in spirit

7 July 2012 6:00 am

Sean McGlynn enjoys an account of seven British rebellions, but argues they were more revolutionary than this historian declares

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Forever waging wars

19 May 2012 10:00 am

Death by buggery. Death by castration. Even death by being scared to death. Or so we are led to believe…