An adult education

How should history be taught in schools? There should be no contradiction in constructing a history curriculum that incorporates both Britain’s ‘national memory’ and its many diversities, argues Suzannah Lipscomb in her November 2015 column for History Today. On the eve of the invasion of Iraq, in July 2003, Tony Blair…

Sex Changes Over Time

High-minded allegations of prurience should not stop historians from examining the intimate lives of people in the past, argues Suzannah Lipscomb in her July 2015 column for History Today. I recently introduced my undergraduates to Montaillou, the classic 1975 study by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, which provides insight into the lives…

Living in a Material World

While it rightly condemns ISIS’ brutal destruction of the Middle East’s rich architectural heritage, is the West neglecting its own, more subtle cultural vandalism? Suzannah Lipscomb poses the question in her History Today column of May 2015. In 1538, when Henry VIII built Nonsuch Palace, near Cuddington in Surrey, it was…

A Matter of Judgement

An inherent tension between the past and the present becomes explicit when we make our assessments of historical figures, argues Suzannah Lipscomb in her History Today column of June 2014. Were the lampooning authors of 1066 and All That actually onto something with their list of ‘103 Good Things and 5 Bad…

Henry’s big year

Article reproduced from Reform Magazine, December 2009 Five hundred years after his accession to the throne, Suzannah Lipscomb looks at a critical year in the life of Henry VIII. The English Reformation, she argues, wasn’t all about Anne Boleyn. Everyone knows that England broke away from the Roman Catholic Church…