James Evans

The hundreds of languages spoken in London are the city’s greatest glory

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Every history of London — and there have been very many — has looked at the importance for the city…

Britain’s obsession with boxing is as deep-rooted as its devotion to cricket

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Boxing has long been a British obsession, exported successfully to North America, but never widespread on the Continent. Mainland Europeans…

A ménage à trois that worked: Ivan Turgenev and the Viardots

5 October 2019 9:00 am

If we still bemoan a world of mass tourism, the mid 19th century, Orlando Figes reminds us, is where it…

Lettice had the same thin face as Queen Elizabeth I, and the same shock of thickly curled, fiery red hair

The great Tudor catfight

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Apart from glorying in a memorable name, Lettice Knollys has chiefly been known for her connections — with her second…