From Spectator blogs I’ve been in Turkey the past week, which as anyone will tell you is the friendliest and most beautiful of countries, and a kinder and more welcoming people you will not meet. But I’d be lying if I didn’t add that a major bonus of being there was that I missed the finale of the interminable Scottish debate. As expected the Nos had it, but as Lord Ashcroft’s poll suggests the long-term future… Read on
I have a new Amazon Kindle Single out today, on the historical inspiration for Game of Thrones, which you can buy here. So if you follow me on Twitter prepare for a massive amount of spamming. Especially as the new series starts on Monday. It’s sort of like Our Island Story, Westeros version, but here’s the blurb: The HBO series Game of Thrones, based on the George R.R. Martin books, is one of the most popular television shows… Read on
Only a week to go until the new series of Game of Thrones, and I have an ebook out this Thursday, called The Realm, which looks at the historical parallels between the world George RR Martin created and real history; it’s sort of a miniature Our Island Story, but with dragons. Okay, there aren’t really dragons.
From Telegraph blogs, February 4, 2013 I don’t suppose that when Richard III went into battle on August 22 1485 he imagined that in death he would become the most notorious villain in English history, nor that his grave would a century later be violated by followers of a radical heresy that had overtaken history. He certainly wouldn’t have imagined that five and a half centuries later his body, having lay under a resting spot for horseless carts,… Read on
From Telegraph blogs, May 11, 2012 Compared to other major European countries, England is a fairly unified land. The north and south of France are quite distinct in terms of climate, geography and language; Germany is divided both north to south and east to west, a fact borne out by Misha Glenny’s recent series about German history. As for Italy, which fairly recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, the views of northern Italians on this subject are… Read on