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In which I bid a fond farewell to the Georgians

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Today, for me, marked if not the ‘beginning of the end’, then the ‘end of the beginning’ for the Georgian tercentenary. The three-hundredth anniversary of the start of the Georgian age in 1714/2014 was something we started thinking about five years ago or more. In fact, when I started researching and writing my book about

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In which I reveal my Innermost Self

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Regular readers of this blog will know that the general tone is amusing self-deprecation.  (You didn’t realise it was supposed to be amusing?  Oh. There’ll be a momentary pause while my crest falls.) However, in this blog we are not afraid to Get Serious on occasion, and in this case, very serious indeed.  This interview

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‘New Worlds’: brand-new C17th historical drama on tonight

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The new Channel Four drama ‘New Worlds’ begins tonight, and you can watch the trailer here.  I was amused to discover that the cast of young actors were made to read my book Cavalier for background about the seventeenth century.  As one of them, Jamie Dornan, has gone on to be cast as Christian Grey

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Britain’s funniest, cleverest and fattest queen ever: Queen Caroline

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Hello!  I’ve been a bit quiet for a fortnight because I have busy hurling myself round the globe: in last two weeks I have laid my head in Istanbul, Northern Ireland, Ludlow and Oxford.  While I’ve been away, though I gather that trailers have been spotted for the BBC’s eighteenth century season, including my own

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When a geek goes to Fashion Week

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In case you missed it when it was in t’paper… ‘My first thought on hearing that ES [The Evening Standard's glossy magazine] wanted to send me to London Fashion Week to lose my fashion-show virginity was glee. As a curator at London’s Historic Royal Palaces, I look after a vast collection of gowns, and BBC

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Take my Tudor test!

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How well do you know your Thomas Wolsey from your Thomas Cromwell, and your Thomas Cranmer from your Thomas More? To find out, take my Tudor test…answers below, along with my assessment of your performance. Question One: An easy one, to warm up.  Complete the rhyme: Divorced, Beheaded, Died Divorced, Beheaded … a. Bee-hived b. Alive

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I am in the same room as many, many celebrities

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The other night I invited to the Radio Times Covers Party in the ballroom at Claridges. What is a Covers Party, you ask? Well, anyone who has been on the cover of the Radio Times in the past year is invited and is given a special framed copy of that week’s magazine. And that’s it.

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Six killer tips to erase time-sucks from your day (for historians)

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Oh!  How much more productive I would be if I didn’t waste so much time reading productivity and time management blogs.  You know, the ones with posts listing ‘killer tips’ and recommendations that you keep a time log?  The ones that command you to chart your ‘energy’, use the Pomodoro technique, go to bed earlier,

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How I ended up presenting TV (the circuitous answer)

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Or, an alternative title could be: ‘how I wanted to learn Latin but ended up with King Alfred (left) instead.’ On Friday night my fellow curators at Historic Royal Palaces and I went out for a cocktail (or 2). We started talking about the hardest jobs we’d ever done. Among my colleagues, I was surprised

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A beautiful poem about HISTORY

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Here’s a wondrous birthday gift that I received from my talented sister-in-law, Kersti Worsley.  She wrote me a poem about HISTORY. Take your time and read it aloud…   History is the hot breath of time on the back of your neck, History is the empty eye sockets of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, History is the

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