Jerome deGroot

A nation built on symbols and a clear sense of history, the US increasingly recognises that it cannot defend the continuing presence of these statues in public spaces.

Reykjavik dockyard, early 20th century

In this round-up of historical fiction: Thomas Hardy’s housemaid, an Icelandic boy witnesses the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic and a young Englishwoman in revolutionary Paris. 

Branches of history: the Boscobel Oak

Memory, heritage and history combine in one enduring symbol of the Restoration to reveal the complexities of England’s contested past.

Portrait of Alessandro Manzoni, with Views of Lecco by Giuseppe Molteni and Massimo d’Azeglio, 1835.

Jerome de Groot muses on how authors of historical fiction try to flesh out the bare bones of history, drawing on old and new works.

Dr. Jerome de Groot of the University of Manchester considers the new series of Downton Abbey.