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Tudor chicken: Charles Laughton in The Private Life of Henry VIII, 1933

Was Henry VIII a good-natured buffoon or an egotistical tyrant? Your answer is likely to depend on which cinematic portrayal you have seen most recently.

Understanding the emotional lives of people in the past is one of the most difficult challenges facing the historian, argues Suzannah Lipscomb.

Our conceptions of time have become more accurate but less personal, says Mathew Lyons.

Politics should be informed not just by history but by historians, argues Suzannah Lipscomb.