Lions are noble; unicorns pure. Knowing how to decipher heraldry reveals the aspirations – and humour – of the regal past.
Rude words are a constant, but their ability to cause offence is in flux. Historians should know their flim-flam from their fiddle-faddle.
There are several obstacles between Tudor women and their biographers. Bypassing them is a slow but necessary process.
History books by men are bought in far greater quantities than those by women. Why?
The support and camaraderie of close-knit communities were a double-edged sword. Nothing was private and reputations could be ruined at the twitch of the curtain.
Recent studies show the benefits and limitations of giving voice to the thoughts of our predecessors.
E.H. Carr’s belief that the histories we get depend on the questions we ask is more relevant than ever.
Plans to measure the impact of historical research as if it were a science will mean fewer history books that excite the general reader.
Dressing in historical clothes can reveal things about the past that no book can.
Historians are tethered to the archive, but sometimes fixing the gaps requires the techniques of a novelist.