Paul Lay

Of Hair and Ale

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

Earthly Delights

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

Urban Values

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

Mind Your Language

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

Don’t Be Evil

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

Academic Debts

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