Worden’s ‘Roundhead Reputations’: Every age writes its own history

I’ve just finished reading Blair Worden’s Roundhead Reputations (London, 2001), which had been cautiously recommended to me as more a ‘popular history’ book than a scholarly account. Popular it might be but it does not lack any of the accurate scholarship one is used to find in Worden’s work. Roundhead Reputations tells the fascinating story… Continue reading Worden’s ‘Roundhead Reputations’: Every age writes its own history

The discovery of a C17th logbook and the neutrality of history

A logbook documenting the arrival of William of Orange in Ireland before the 1690 Battle of the Boyne has been found in Belfast. According to an article in the Irish Examiner, it was uncovered during recent renovation work at City Hall. The book of William’s Paymaster General Thomas Coningsby contains a “detailed record of every… Continue reading The discovery of a C17th logbook and the neutrality of history

Trust the people – the British will eventually come round

So David Cameron has – yet again – promised the British people a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, should they elect him prime minister next year. And it seems he would get a lot of support for a ‘No’ campaign. Maybe I should not be too surprised about the aggressive euroscepticism of the British Conservatives… Continue reading Trust the people – the British will eventually come round

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Having worked both in academic history and in journalism I have come to realise one thing: how important the past is for our understanding of the present, and how our cultural memory shapes our interpretation of current affairs. In this blog I shall try and bring the two together. Watch this space! gm