Sean McGlynn

The empress who was just too imperious: portrait of Matilda from the Golden Book of St Albans, 1380

The queen of England who never was: the life of the Empress Matilda

23 March 2019 9:00 am

The Empress Matilda, mother of the Plantagenet dynasty, is the earliest queen of England who never was; by rights she…

Sons and haters: Henry II was much aggrieved by his acquisitive sons

Two new books explore the triumphs and tribulations of an underrated king – Henry II

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Poor old Henry II: once fêted as one of England’s greatest kings, he has long been neglected. Accessible books on…

The Siege of Acre, depicted in Chroniques de France ou de Saint Denis (1487)

The Siege of Acre: a monstrous blot on the Third Crusade

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Lionheart! Saladin! Massacre! There is no shortage of larger-than-life characters and drama in the epic, two-year siege of Acre, the…

Portrait generally thought to be of Ghenghis Khan

Was Genghis Khan the cruellest man who ever lived?

27 June 2015 9:00 am

From the unpromising and desperately unforgiving background that forged his iron will and boundless ambition, Temujin (as Genghis Khan was…