Election ’17: The Marshal and the Mayniac

Portsmouth-based historian and acclaimed author of The Knight Who Saved England: William Marshal and the French Invasion 1215-17, Richard Brooks, argues that important lessons from the medieval period should be remembered in this current age of Brexit, economic crisis and nationalist bigotry. 800 years ago, England was divided and beleaguered. Through ineptitude and treachery King John had lost Read more

Tim Backhouse Season: The Moleyns Assassination

Portsmouth’s own historian Tim Backhouse throws light on one of the murkiest murders ever to have taken place in the city. The early months of 1450 were an anxious time for the English who were in great danger of losing control of Normandy to the French under their King Charles VI. The then Bishop of Read more