Let’s Hear it for the Stuarts!

Historian and writer Linda Porter reports on a lively session with Charles Spencer at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. It was my great pleasure recently to speak at the Cheltenham Literature Festival with Charles Spencer, on the topic of ‘Charles 1: a toxic legacy’.  Charles’s latest book, To Catch a King: Charles II’s Great Escape’ is… Continue reading Let’s Hear it for the Stuarts!

Stories of Bolton Castle Part 2: Mary, Queen of Scots – Fleeting Glimpse

Bolton Castle is situated in the Yorkshire Dales 54 miles to the north west of York. Permission for the castle to be built was given by Richard II, and it was complete by 1399. (I wrote more about it’s history here) Quadrangular in design, it was built with defense in mind, and the living quarters […]… Continue reading Stories of Bolton Castle Part 2: Mary, Queen of Scots – Fleeting Glimpse

The House of Hanover: The Poor Relations (Part 1)

Guest article written by: Alan Freer Throughout the spring of 1714 the massive bulk of Queen Anne drifted towards her inevitable expiration. She was meeting her end at a time of dynastic crisis. The Act of Settlement, passed by Parliament in 1701, stipulated that the monarch had to be of the Protestant faith and that… Continue reading The House of Hanover: The Poor Relations (Part 1)