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

The Case of the Naval Expert and the Missing MP

A number of authors, such as Rudyard Kipling and HG Wells, have connections with Southsea, although they wrote little, or nothing while they lived there. Frederick Thomas Jane (1865-1916), the eponymous founder of Jane’s Fighting Ships, produced some twenty books while dwelling in Southsea and gained a worldwide audience in the process. Portsmouth-based historian Richard Brooks Read more