The tesserae of history

Historical sources without a good methodology to use them can be dangerous and deceptive. History has its sources, but the…

Difficult to unsee

It may be easy to retrofit a piece of technology. It may be easy to make the old work with…

Placing things in the middle

When Aristotle, discussing government, said: the deliberative factor is sovereign about war and peace and the formation and dissolution of…

A handmade tale

The printing press did much more than to mechanise the production of words. It put an end to self-publishing, or…

The age of contestation

One of the most enduring myths about the middle ages is that it was an age of speech supression, the…

Obsessing over detail

One way to read the modern world and to distinguish it from previous ages is to recognise its relentless obsession…

Keeping record

The two things that have revolutionised the way we keep records of past events, the primary sources of history and…

Legends, words and images

Writing is a form of painting. Every script is representational, whether of things, as in rebus or logographic scripts, or…

With immediate effect

Our age is the most impatient history has ever seen. Our choices and lifestyles reflect a desire to break down…