An Elizabethan Beauty Guide


In an age of contouring, baking, brows and plumped lips, it is difficult to imagine that societies throughout history have been as beauty obsessed as we are today. Certainly, what constituted ‘beauty’ has been redefined…

Culloden: Crusher of Dreams


As I walked the Battlefield of Culloden in July 1997, passing through the stones that marked the positions of King George’s army and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Highland Clans, the day was warm and sunny with…

Gone with the Tudor Wind


1939 has long been considered a mirabilis annus (miraculous year) in Hollywood history. There has never been a year like it for memorable films. In 1939, Judy Garland took us over the rainbow in The…