Writing in troubled times, Julian of Norwich realised that consolation only has meaning if it takes pain seriously.
Age matters; events are experienced differently by young and old, but how do we find those differences in history?
As we take stock of the past year, the most famous event in English history reminds us of our inability to foresee the future.
Every history book, even when it is dispatched to the printers, is a work in progress, ready to be revised.
A young Anglo-Saxon woman with a taste for the finer things in life is the unlikely inspiration for a new pilgrim route.
The mild anarchy of piles of second-hand books reminds us of the simple, contingent encounters we have all missed during lockdown.
We should listen to the voices of the past, for they may surprise us with their relevance.
The pandemic has created a dividing line for our time, like many others in the past.
Those immersed in history are never alone, even when the company they keep is invisible.
History is often advanced by chance encounters, a rare luxury in our current condition.