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Book review: The Popes: A History by John Julius Norwich

Book review: The Popes: A History by John Julius Norwich


It takes a brave soul to write a history of the papacy – a famously vast and confusing subject. If anyone is up to the task it is John Julius Norwich (born 1929) whose reputation as a fine narrative historian will only be enhanced by this charming and learned book.

Book review: Pashas by James Mather

Book review: Pashas  by James Mather
Author: James Mather
Publisher: Yale University Press
Reviewed by: Jerry Brotton
Price (RRP): £12.99

The colonial rule of the British Raj from the 19th century is only one story of England’s relations with the east, as James Mather argues in this impressive history of the forgotten Levant Company.

Book Review: Matilda: Queen of the Conqueror By Tracy Borman

Book Review: Matilda: Queen of the Conqueror By Tracy Borman

Behind every great man, so the saying goes, is a great woman – or, in the case of the man known to posterity as William the Conqueror, a diminutive one. William’s wife Matilda of Flanders stood little more than four feet tall, but she loomed large, all the same, in the creation of his newly royal dynasty.
The first of her attributes that appealed to the young William, duke of Normandy, was her impeccably blue blood.