Tudor England

The first great English artist – the life and art of Nicholas Hilliard

23 February 2019 9:00 am

When Henry VIII died in 1547, he left a religiously divided country to a young iconoclast who erased a large…

The second richest woman in England: Bess of Hardwick as Countess of Shrewsbury. (English School, 16th century)

Bess of Hardwick: Tudor England’s other great Elizabeth

24 November 2018 9:00 am

Bess of Hardwick — who died Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury — was a remarkable and fascinating woman. The wife…

Thomas Cromwell, c. 1530, Holbein School

Diarmaid MacCulloch delves deep into the soul of Thomas Cromwell – administrator, henchman and evangelical

29 September 2018 9:00 am

The final moments of Hilary Mantel’s magnificent Wolf Hall see its central protagonist, Thomas Cromwell, trying to banish ghosts. Assailed…

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…

The crème de la crème: Maggie Smith as Miss Jean Brodie, most famous of all Scottish public schoolmistresses

Why Scottish public schools are in a field of their own

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Scots public schools are a tribe apart, says Alex Massie