From My Blog
Tonight’s the night for our Russian adventures – if you follow me on Twitter you may have spotted that I spent a few weeks last summer following the Romanovs around their former domain. I hope you enjoy it if you get the chance to watch.
We have a new series coming up for you on the history of romantic fiction – A Very British Romance is starting on Thursday October 8th, 9pm on BBC Four. What could be more natural than romance, finding the perfect partner and falling in love? In fact every ingredient in this scenario, so beloved of
Ok this is possibly the most bonkers programme you’ll see this year … I learned to perform the seventeenth century art of horse-dancing, as practiced by Duke of Newcastle in his Riding House at Bolsover Castle, one of England’s most curious buildings, and also the topic of my PhD thesis. There are more pictures here,
Thanks so much for watching if you’ve visited me after tonight’s programme! Here’s a little more about it, from an article I wrote in this week’s Radio Times… ‘I recently found myself making jam in a village hall, the quintessential Women’s Institute activity, with a group of Hampshire ladies who included the “Chutney Champion” of
My article written for t’paper, reproduced here for you… ‘SO, there’s a new baby princess at Kensington Palace – born in time for breakfast on Saturday and back home in time for tea. It’s very nearly two hundred years since the last time Kensington Palace was home to a baby princess. The future Queen Victoriawas born there at 4
It’s been a year since I got rid of the photos cluttering up my phone, and so ‘a year in the life of Hampton Court’ seemed like a good topic for a picture post. It’s inevitable, if you work at Hampton Court, that you just can’t stop taking pictures of the place, and then you’re
One night, not too long ago, I was walking home from work when I got a phone call. It was the Daily Mail. ‘We have a question for you,’ the voice said. ‘Our readers really want a historian’s professional view, if you’d be so kind.’ ‘Okay,’ I said cautiously, ‘What is it?’ ‘Good!’ my interlocutor
Our BBC Four series on the history of murder is being re-shown on BBC Four at the moment (episode one is on Iplayer now, episode 2 will be shown next Saturday at 8pm) so I thought I would re-post this article from BBC History Magazine. You can also hear me talking about it on the
Last summer, as I was reading through the 1,000 or so pages of The Times Great Women’s Lives: A Celebration in Obituaries in preparation for writing its foreword, I was struck by how ridiculous and retrograde it was for so many of the obituaries to concentrate on the women’s hair, cooking skills and home life.
As everyone STILL seems to be Wolf-Hall-mad, another article from the paper this week, about why I love the Tudors… My most treasured possessions include a battered little paperback, barely held together with sellotape: TheYoung Elizabeth, by Jean Plaidy. Published in 1961, with a cover showing a picture of Hampton Court Palace, it tells the story of the childhood of the future Tudor queen. She’s