Eleanor Parker

Non-essential Freedoms

The mild anarchy of piles of second-hand books reminds us of the simple, contingent encounters we have all missed during lockdown. 

The Lives of Others

To imagine the beliefs and desires of our fellow beings is fundamental to the pursuit of history. Such empathy is needed now more than ever.

Worlds Little and Large

Will the pandemic see a boom in local history, or will it spur a desire for global perspectives? Perhaps both.

How To Live Forever

The recent discovery of an Anglo-Saxon saint’s relics reminds us of the fragility of human life and the power of hope.