A beautiful bloody world

10 December 2011 10:30 am

The half-millennium or so that followed the division of the Carolingian empire in 843 AD was a time of profound…

Not our finest hour

12 May 2010 12:00 am

Ever since Edward II’s deposition and grisly murder in the dungeons of Berkeley Castle in 1327, his reign has always been regarded as a particularly embarrassing interlude in English history.