Health
05 March 2009
The week began strenuously. My fellow V...
Books
06 June 2005
I love history, declared George W Bush in a television interview. "It's amazing to be interested in history and living...
Culture
21 July 2003
Shortly after Sir Hans Sloane died in 1753, an article in the London Magazine eulogised the generosity with which the...
Books
30 September 2002
Samuel Pepys has an awful lot to answer for. For ten years, beginning in 1660, he kept a personal record of his public...
Culture
18 February 2002
The works of Shakespeare used to be seen as a source for deep moral insights about ourselves. Whatever values and...
Food and Drink
26 February 2001
In the summer of 1677, the wealthy London scientist and "father of modern chemistry" Robert Boyle was approached by a...
Culture
27 November 2000
"Spectacular Bodies", currently at the Hayward Gallery in London, is not an exhibition for the squeamish, nor for those...
Books
28 June 1999
In her important book Fiction in the Archives, the American historian Natalie Zemon Davis showed how, in 16th-century...
Books
21 June 1999
In October 1917, at the age of 52, W B Yeats finally married. For almost 30 years he had pursued the impossible dream...
Books
02 April 1999
When the Starr report was published in September 1998, the first instinct of many people who read it, or who cringed at...
19 February 1999
My spirits lift as we fly into Boston. The sky is a brilliant blue, the sun is shining and there is snow on the ground...