Marcus Nevitt

Communing with an ancestor

13 May 2023 9:00 am

Ian Marchant, diagnosed with cancer in 2020, takes comfort from his ancestor’s diary (1714-28), recording a full life as farmer and mainstay of his parish

Rocked by rebellion: the short, unhappy reign of Edward VI

20 August 2022 9:00 am

As Tory writers reflected on the safe passage of the Stuart dynasty through the Exclusion Crisis of 1679-81, an anonymous…

A botched coup: the desperate Cato Street conspiracy

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Almost half of the terrorists hadn’t even turned up. Still, on the night of 23 February 1820, 25 men, including…

How fears of popery led to a century of turmoil in ‘the land of fallen angels’

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Stuart England did not do its anti-Catholicism by halves. In the late 1670s and early 1680s, a popular feature of…

Oliver Cromwell: ruthless in battle – but nice to his men

14 August 2021 9:00 am

One of the first retrospective accounts of Oliver Cromwell’s early career, Andrew Marvell’s ‘An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell’s Return from…

When sedition was rife in 18th-century London

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Researching the seditious literature of earlier periods is seldom suspenseful, pulse-quickening work. For every thrill of archival discovery, there are…

The real villain of the House of York was Richard III’s elder brother

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Trying to describe the outcome of the Wars of the Roses — the fall of the House of York —…

Thomas Cromwell, c. 1530, Holbein School

Diarmaid MacCulloch delves deep into the soul of Thomas Cromwell – administrator, henchman and evangelical

29 September 2018 9:00 am

The final moments of Hilary Mantel’s magnificent Wolf Hall see its central protagonist, Thomas Cromwell, trying to banish ghosts. Assailed…

Milton’s blinding reading list

25 November 2017 9:00 am

In December 1996 Martin Amis told listeners of the BBC’s Desert Island Discs what would relieve his solitude were he…

Restoration man

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Given that he wrote and published some of the most stunningly handsome books of the 17th century, John Ogilby has…

One scorching summer long ago

3 September 2016 9:00 am

It was the brightest of futures; it was the End of Days. Three hundred and fifty years before Brexit, England…