British history

Not all British memsahibs were racist snobs

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Though often cruelly caricatured, the British memsahib became a significant face of imperial rule, says Philip Hensher

The Gordon Riots, illustrated in Dickens’s Barnaby Rudge

The stubborn old Hanoverians saw new Gunpowder Plots everywhere

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Once won, rights and freedoms are taken for granted. We all find it difficult to imagine life before the Married…

William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle, performing volte, with Bolsover Castle in the background. (Painting after Abraham Jansz. van Diepenbeeck). Bryant is particularly severe on the subject of racing and horse breeding

Bryant’s tyrants: Chris Bryant bashes the British aristocracy

16 December 2017 9:00 am

I rashly discarded this book’s dustjacket when I received it, and thus saw only the unlettered cover, a faded photograph…

Our island story

18 March 2017 9:00 am

It used to be thought that emphasising British history in multi-ethnic schools was somehow wrong. But it is the best way to foster integration, says Robert Peal

Britain’s black history has been shamefully whitewashed

14 January 2017 9:00 am

I have been researching and writing about black British history for over 30 years but never before have I been…

When posters told us our place

29 March 2014 9:00 am

As a sign of the way things have changed, nothing could better this. Hester Vaizey, Cambridge history don and ‘publishing…

Anne Boleyn’s last secret

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Why was the queen executed with a sword, rather than an axe?

Gunboat diplomacy

28 January 2012 10:00 am

Philip Mansel on the brief period in British history when Mare Nostrum became our sea

Voyages of discovery

10 December 2011 10:00 am

Roger Louis is an American professor from the University of Texas at Austin who knows more about the history of…

An intemperate zone

29 October 2011 9:00 am

David Crane finds the English gentry, through the ages, litigious and harassed, pitched awkwardly between greatness and want

Malice in the Middle East

6 August 2011 12:00 am

A shocking story of ruthless Anglo-French rivalry

Up the creek

16 July 2011 12:00 am

Philip Marsden is a romantic historian.