Dan Jones

Sean Connery shopping for clothes in 1967. These days James Bond would buy his knitted silk ties online

Of Mice and Menswear

Websites for well-dressed men who’d rather not waste time in shops

American heavyweight champion Joe Frazier kept his title at the end of the fight called the "match of the century" against Muhammad Ali Photo: Getty

When boxing ruled the world

The early 1970s was a good time for heavyweight boxing. Indeed, it was probably the last truly great age for…

The harrowing of hell from the 14th-century ‘Bologna Cope’

English embroidery: the forgotten wonder of the medieval world

Think of an art at which the English have excelled and I doubt you would come up with the word…


Mud, madness, music — and mattresses

There is now a festival – big or small – to suit absolutely everyone


Polo, Anyone?

How the event of the season lost its sparkle and its sponsor


Bookends: Terribly Tudor

History publishers like a gimmick, so I assumed Suzannah Lipscomb’s A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England (Ebury, £12.99) must be…


When treason was the last resort

One hundred and fifty years after Anglo-Saxon England was invaded by the Normans, Anglo-Norman England was invaded by the French.…


A beautiful bloody world

The half-millennium or so that followed the division of the Carolingian empire in 843 AD was a time of profound…


Sad, not mad

The Catholic Monarchs — Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile — had five children together.


Enduring love

Obama may have decided to let the Special Relationship cool, but Americans are still going loopy for the Brits


Gym junkie

A trip to the local bodybuilders’ gym under the influence of muscle drugs


The match that sparked the Civil War

There are turbulent marriages.


A rather orthodox doxy

‘His cursed concubine.’ That was the imperial ambassador Eustace Chapuys’ judgment on Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn.


Becoming a Victorian

Winston Churchill was a racist. He said things like ‘I hate people with slit eyes and pig-tails. I don’t like the look of them or the smell of them’.


A society celebrating itself

The years between the middle of the 18th century and the middle of the 19th century, argues Holger Hoock, ‘saw Britain evolve from a substantial international power yet relative artistic backwater into a global naval, commercial and imperial superpower as well as a leading cultural power in Europe.

The scent of a new man

When I was an editor at a men’s magazine, we used to keep a bottle of a unisex perfume called The Breath of God (£45/45ml, bnevertoobusytobebeautiful.co.uk) on the features desk.

It’s Gin Lane all over again

Hogarth’s satire is as appropriate now as it was 250 years ago, says Dan Jones. What we need is a new approach to our age-old drinking problem

The new age of enlightenment

God’s Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science, by James Hannam

Free for all

I normally make it my policy when writing book reviews never to read anyone else’s.

Running on envy

Deadly Sins, by Nicholas Coleridge

All hands on deck at Westminster

Dan Jones on how the Armada tapestries, destroyed by fire, are being recreated

Only a mediaevalist can understand the present

Dan Jones says that our own era of disease, superstition, disorder and economic chaos is best explained by those who understand the Middle Ages

The long and the short of it

The Hundred Years War III: Divided Houses, by Jonathan Sumption

There is no sacred right to be a lazy fat slob

If political reality means we can’t tax the overweight, then at least let’s have tax breaks for those who bother to take exercise, writes unashamed metrosexual Dan Jones