Marc Morris

Redeemed: William the Conqueror riding with his soldiers, English, c.14th century.

In the popular imagination, William the Conqueror is, without doubt, the villain, yet the sources we have for his life are ambivalent. Marc Morris revisits the evidence to show the man behind the mythology: neither good nor bad, but complex and human.

The ruins of Corfe Castle

One of King John's most detestable crimes has been surprisingly overlooked by historians.

Rochester 1215, illustration by John Cann. Courtesy of Medway Council

The struggle between King John and his barons turned into open warfare at Rochester Castle in 1215. Yet the story of how the fortress came to be besieged has not been fully understood, says Marc Morris.

Will England's most reviled king get the Thomas Cromwell treatment? It doesn't seem likely. 

The violence and gore in the hit TV series simply reflect the bloodiness of the Middle Ages, right? Not necessarily, says Marc Morris.

Far from enslaving Anglo-Saxons under the Norman yoke, the Conquest brought freedom to many, as Marc Morris explains.

St George only gained popularity in England in the 15th century and Richard the Lionheart had nothing to do with it.

Warmongering anti-semite, or constitutionalist and family man? Marc Morris takes a fresh look at the career of Edward I, whose reputation has suffered a roller-coaster ride over the centuries.

What did it mean to be an earl, and where did the title come from? Marc Morris looks at the relationship between the Norman and Plantagenet kings and their earls.