New Shakespeare play celebrates warrior queen
Is it brilliant or blasphemy? The ambitious production combines material from the Bard’s plays with fresh lines from playwright Jeanie O’Hare to tell the bloody history of Margaret of Anjou.
‘Evil’ king laid to rest 530 years after death
Thousands gathered to watch King Richard III’s reburial ceremony, but his reputation as a tyrant lives on through centuries-old propaganda. Can we ever really know historical figures?
Tudor drama savages the reputation of a saint
After nearly 500 years as a martyr, Thomas More will tonight be portrayed as a detestable villain in a BBC drama. It’s a controversial reading of history, but how can we judge its accuracy?
Tudor fashions contrast with ‘modern drab’
Tudor fashion is all the rage in London, with two new exhibitions showcasing the dress sense of renaissance England. How did modern clothes become so dull?
Landmark award for blood-soaked Tudor saga
Hilary Mantel is the first Brit and the first woman to win the Booker Prize twice. But is it the extraordinary characters at the court of King Henry VIII that make her books so popular?
BBC lists UK’s era-defining ‘new Elizabethans’
Historians have compiled a list of the 60 people who have shaped Britain during the reign of Elizabeth II. But how do these ‘new Elizabethans’ compare to the subjects of Elizabeth I?