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History on the March...

26 March 2019

Pilgrimage of Grace banner, 1536                  Last weekend, along with a million other people, I attended the Peoples’ Vote...

Three Days in Budapest

14 March 2019

Isabella (1519-1559), Queen of Hungary, attributed to workshop of Lucas Cranach        This month, I attended a conference in Budapest, to mark the 500th anniversary...

Between Two Novembers

9 November 2018

This weekend, the world will face the bracing 100th anniversary of 11th November 1918 – a date with very a different meaning in the two traditions in which I grew up, British...

Royal Wedding as Microcosm...

21 May 2018

=Two years ago, serendipitously, the Bodleian Library offered the Jagiellonians Project (which I lead) a spring 2018 slot for an exhibition about a Renaissance royal wedding. As the...