Stuchbery's Strange Histories
Mike Stuchbery takes a break from the present but finds many echoes in the past.
22 June 2019,
Mike Stuchbery explains how a journalist's targeting of neighbours who recorded the prime minister-in-waiting has more in common with East Germany's infamous secret police than they do.
20 June 2019,
Mike Stuchbery sheds some light on the heated debate ignited by New York congresswoman Alexandra-Cortez
17 June 2019,
Whenever Mike Stuchbery travels to Stuttgart he is reminded that the courage to resist authoritarianism and tyranny isn't restricted to a particular kind of individual and here manifests itself in the form of a bookish single mother.
6 June 2019,
Mike Stuchbery on a renaissance artist who overcame the predatory sexism of her day and survives as an emblem of feminist persistence.
24 May 2019,
Mike Stuchbery on another stirring story from our European past that shows how small actions can have big consequences.
9 May 2019,
The 2nd Century tombstone near Hadrian's Wall tells a story as exotic as anything out of Game of Thrones, the epic love story of a woman from Hertfordshire and her partner from Syria.
3 May 2019,
The story of the Beguines is important to remember in a time of increasing social fracturing.
30 April 2019,
Mike Stuchbery argues that Petrarch's passion for his muse Laura triggered the Renaissance imagination and paved the way for modernity.
25 April 2019,
Tribalism is killing us, wrote Tina Gharavi in our launch issue and Mike Stuchery has a vivid example of this from history.
17 April 2019,
As the embers cool in the devastated sections of Notre Dame de Paris and the world comes together to restore it, it seems a good time to reflect on the effect that historic churches and cathedrals have had on my own life.
10 April 2019,
Mike Stuchbery argues that we need to take a salutary walk in the shadow our our ancestors to reconnect with their hopes and fears
2 April 2019,
Mike Stuchbery takes a brief holiday from the tensions of the here and now to wonder why all those lives of the saints tend to end quite badly.
5 March 2019,
Millennials, and the generation that followed them, have often been painted as self-obsessed, image-conscious, fixated on the picture that they present to the world. But we only need look at the sad tale of Gesche Gottfried to understand that we’ve always been vain creatures.
27 February 2019,
Increasingly, when I think of the divisions within British society - Left and Right, Leave and Remain, for example - I can’t help but think of the Clubmen.
7 February 2019,
As archaeologists are increasingly discovering, humanity has always been interconnected, relying on the exchange of ideas to function.