The Dawn of the Global Age

Amongst the nonsense that gets said about the British Empire (as bad as the Nazis, force for democracy… etc etc) one of the silliest statements – which you do still hear from time to time – is that it effectively invented Indian famine. Long peddled by nationalists, it’s one of those historical myths only sustained…

‘All Tudor Life is There’. The Mary Rose Reborn.

The Mary Rose and I go way back. Like many people of my generation, my first experience of the Tudor warship came on a school trip. It’s the first school trip that stuck in my mind – taking the coach from Mudeford Junior School in Dorset, down the M27 to Portsmouth Historic Dockyards. In fact,…