Seven Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Scotland and England.

As Jockmaggeddon approaches, we are being bombarded with History. Really, really, terrible history – and not all of it the fault of Mel Gibson or the Daily Mail. Here, then, are seven things you’ve probably not been hearing, to bring some historical sanity before the McBreakup happens and we English suddenly have to rebuild Hadrian’s…

A Cynic’s Guide to University

It’s Freshers’ Week! That time of the year when loving parents drop their children off at their new homes, faced with the horrifying knowledge that next time they see little Simon he will probably have picked up a drug problem or an STD. Meanwhile, for postgrads and academics, it’s the season when the nights start…

Rude Tudors

This Autumn, I’ve got an article out in Northern History, or the ‘Journal in the North’ as it should now be called. It’s about the way neighbourhood worked in the small Northumberland village of Dilston, seen through the eyes of the manor court – the lowest, most localized place of justice in medieval and early-modern…