Holland House, which was bombed in 1940, was a large, rambling Jacobean mansion off Kensington High Street. In 1800 it…
Jane Ridley says that reports of the death of the family are greatly exaggerated – it has simply mutated
On 10 June 1840 an 18-year-old out-of-work Londoner named Edward Oxford cocked his pistol and fired two shots at Queen…
Dickens, the inspiration and source for this book, was addicted to walking the London streets at night. A man who…
Caroline Norton seems an unlikely pioneer of women’s rights. Born in 1808, the granddaughter of the playwright Sheridan, she was…
Though countless treasures were lost in the disastrous fire that destroyed Parliament in 1834, there were a few compensations, Jane Ridley concedes
Why have we forgotten John Bright? In his day he was a massive political celebrity. He could command audiences of…
The history of the royal family is punctuated by dramatic, premature deaths which plunge the monarchy into crisis. The most…
Christopher Ondaatje is best known as a member of the great and the good and a generous patron of the arts, notably the National Portrait Gallery. The pieces collected in this book give glimpses of another, quite different life as a traveller and writer.
Archbishop Edward Benson was the ideal of a Victorian churchman.
‘There never was a Churchill, from John of Marlborough down,’ wrote Gladstone, ‘that had either principles or morals.’ With the shining exception of Winston and his brother Jack, Churchill men have tended to be bad hats, but this makes them all the more interesting to read about.
The film The King’s Speech, which is due to appear in the UK in January, tells the story of George VI’s struggle to overcome his stammer.
Who was the first American to marry an English duke? Most students of the peerage would say it was Consuelo Yzagna who married the eldest son of the Duke of Manchester in 1876.
Charlotte Moore’s family have lived at Hancox on the Sussex Weald for well over a century.
William Pitt the Elder, Earl of Chatham was hailed by Victorian schoolboys as the man who made England great.
In June 1943 the film star Leslie Howard was mysteriously killed when his plane was shot down by the Luftwaffe on a return flight from Spain.
Marx is back in fashion.
Lady Worsley’s Whim, by Hallie Rubenhold
The Horsey Life, by Simon Barnes
The Forgotten Prime Minister: The 14th Earl of Derby, by Angus Hawkins
Jane Ridley on a history and a fiction of Leningrad
Jane Ridley reviews Bengt Jangfeldt's biography of Axel Munthe
Jane Ridley reviews Richard Shannon's latest book on Gladstone
Political biography is in the doldrums. No one wants to read 800 pages or so of cradle-to-grave dead politics, especially…