Marlborough College Summer School



By Fern Riddell

An Edwardian campaign of terror.

By Robert Colls

A personal reflection upon the religious roots of the Labour Party.

By Leigh Cuen

Wallada was among the greatest creative figures of 11th-century Córdoba.
Factories in Leicester

By Virginia Nicholson

Britain in 1950 was different, in many ways, from Britain today

By Suzanne Bardgett

The British Empire's 'sex problem'.
Sole surviving portrait: John Aubrey, 1666. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford / Bridgeman Images

By John Aubrey

Imagining the diary of John Aubrey from the remnants of his life.
The tombs of Eleanor of  Aquitaine and Henry II at  Fontevraud Abbey, France.

By Jerome de Groot

Encounters with Eleanor of Aquitaine, Gutenberg and the spirit of Proust.
The Haberdasher Dandy, by Thomas Tegg and C.Williams, 1818.

By Serena Dyer

The world of shopping in Georgian London offered an array of retail experiences.


Honest John: Lilburne in an engraving by Richard Cooper, late 18th century.

By John Rees

The Leveller leader ‘Honest’ John Lilburne espoused notions of freedom that are resonant today.

By History Today

How to look good in the 1700s.

By Dean Nicholas

Explore the earliest surviving map showing Portugal's geographical discoveries during the 15th century.
Image of Calicut, India from Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg's atlas Civitates orbis terrarum, 1572.

By Stephen Clarke

The history of trade is one of merchants bending the rules.
Frontispiece to John Milton's  Areopagitica, 1644.

By Mathew Lyons

How much are extreme actions the result of impersonal historical forces?
Foes forever: More (left) and Cromwell

By Paul Lay

The problem with historical fiction is that it needs heroes. History doesn't.

By Marc Morris

Will England's most reviled king get the 'Thomas Cromwell' treatment?
The Roses of Heliogabalus (1888)

By Colin Cruise

A review of Victorian Obsessions, an exhibition at Leighton House Museum, London.