Blood and Beauty

I like Sarah Dunant’s writing very much, for its lucidity, sense of colour and also her careful attention to historical detail which grounds her characters in a believable and three- dimensional world. In Blood and Beauty, as has been remarked on by a number of reviewers (see for example Christobel Kent, 2 May 2013, The…


Roman Adventures (Part 2): on the roof of St. Peter’s

Let’s recap: I had travelled to Rome in late January 2014 in order to deliver the Annual Society of Renaissance Studies Partnership lecture, hosted by the British School in Rome. The journey from Nottingham had meant a 3am start and a gruelling 5-hour coach trip to Rome, but Rome is worth a few discomforts any…

On the Capitoline

Roman Adventures- Part 1

Its been quite a while since I last had the opportunity to explore Rome by myself, on foot, and with no students in tow. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love teaching on site and find that taking students around a location I love gives quite a different energy to visiting a historic site, but…