Lucy Hughes-Hallett

The extraordinary life of 17th-century polymath Margaret Cavendish

9 September 2023 9:00 am

Lucy Hughes-Hallett admires the brave and wayward Duchess of Newcastle, whose idiosyncratic writings astonished 17th-century English society

The radicals of 17th-century England began to think the unthinkable

18 January 2023 10:00 pm

Few periods match the British 17th century for turmoil and idealism.No wonder historians have repeatedly been drawn to it, says Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Was Mussolini’s wilful daughter his éminence grise?

22 October 2022 9:00 am

In 1930, when she was 19 years old, Edda Mussolini married Galeazzo Ciano. His father was a loyal minister in…

The cover of a popular late-19th-century edition of Mary Shelley’s novel. Frankenstein confronts the monster he has created

How the Romantics ruined lives

16 November 2013 9:00 am

It is perhaps the most celebrated house-party in the history of literary tittle-tattle: a two-house-party to be precise. Byron and…