Henry VIII

Books Podcast: Melvyn Bragg on William Tyndale

16 November 2017 13:03

In this week’s Books Podcast I’m talking to Melvyn Bragg about his fascinating book on William Tyndale — which makes…

Sorry, Jeremy, but comparing Theresa May to Henry VIII is depressingly ignorant

30 December 2016 15:18

Another day, another Tudor throwback. This time, Jeremy Corbyn has accused Theresa May of acting like Henry VIII by avoiding…

Like Isis, Thomas More believed passionately in burning people alive

19 February 2015 12:11

Next week, in the final episode of the BBC’s Wolf Hall, we’ll see Anne Boleyn face death by beheading. But if…

Wolf Hall, BBC Two, review: ‘actually rather good’

22 January 2015 11:13

It starts in darkness. And no, it’s not a metaphor for the crooked timber of the human heart, it’s just…

Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies: ‘a major theatrical event – don’t settle for one, see both’

25 May 2014 7:43

In Hilary Mantel’s Tudor England, it never stops raining. As she writes in her evocative programme note for the RSC…

Flodden 500 Years On: The Flower of Scotland, Lying Cold in the Clay

9 September 2013 10:22

As best I can tell it is not permissable to talk or write about the battle of Flodden without first…

Death of a tyrant

5 June 2013 11:07

For a king very conscious of his own power, who gloried in his status and commissioned famous artists to depict…

Discovering poetry: Henry VIII’s Camelot

21 January 2013 10:23

‘Pastime with good company’, attributed to Henry VIII Pastime with good company I love and shall until I die. Grudge…