History, music, cooking, travel, books, theatre, film - but also with an eye on the 'culture wars', nationalism and identity.
The Light of the Beguines: Medieval Europe's Altruistic Women
The story of the Beguines is important to remember in a time of increasing social fracturing.
Two Days In April: Did Love at First Sight Change the World for Ever?
Mike Stuchbery argues that Petrarch's passion for his muse Laura triggered the Renaissance imagination and paved the way for modernity.
On the Ruin of Britain - the First Great National Remoaners
The Count of the Saxon recalls the first book to record the timeless British refrain - 'things aren't what they used to be'.