Paul Lay

Cavalier attitudes: Royalists in a tavern, by Dirck Hals, 17th century © Johnny van Haeften / Bridgeman Images.

The opening of hairdressers and pubs has a strange historical resonance.

Moseley Old Hall and its knot garden, Staffordshire. Alamy.

The English came late to gardening, but they have more than made up for it.

Piccadilly Circus Underground station, London, 2003. Alamy.

Covid-19 has rekindled ancient tensions between city and country.

Title page of Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes, 1651 © Bridgeman Images.

Fundamental things apply in a time of crisis.

The philosopher Thomas Hobbes in 1676 Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire. English, 17th century.

Historians should remind themselves that quantity and quality are often very different things.

Lorenzetti’s Allegory of Good Government. Rafaello Bencini/Bridgeman Images.

A warning housed in one of the jewels of the Italian Renaissance is as pertinent now as ever.

Edward VI, by Guillaume Scrots, c.1550 © Bridgeman Images.

Decent popular history would be impossible without the scholarly endeavours of the academy.

Claims to civilisation: Michael Howard © Avalon Licensing.

No one understood the literary dimension of conflict better than Michael Howard.

The new sign marking the permanent ban on climbing Uluru © Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images.

The global struggle to resist the banalities of mass tourism.

Shuttlecocks and Mackerel, or Members Going to Vote on the Corn Bill, 14 March 1815, by George Cruikshank © Bridgeman Images.

A troubled UK is in desperate need of politicians and commentators who can think historically.