Eric Christiansen

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Memoirs of an academic brawler  

22 March 2014 9:00 am

It’s a misleading title, because there is nothing unexpected about Professor Carey, in any sense. He doesn’t turn up to…

Building: Letters, 1960–1975, by Isaiah Berlin

13 July 2013 9:00 am

This is the third volume of Isaiah Berlin letters; one more to go. Discerning critics have showered the first two…

First pluck your crow

15 December 2012 9:00 am

As fewer people write by hand, some of us who do venture to squeak a thin call of alarm, like…


My Dear Hugh: Letters from Richard Cobb to Hugh Trevor-Roper and Others edited by Tim Heald

5 November 2011 10:00 am

Richard Cobb had many good friends, among them Hugh Trevor-Roper, who kept letters, and so made this selection possible. There…

Hunting and working

7 July 2010 12:00 am

Why are scholars so prone to melancholy? According to the expert, Robert Burton of Christ Church, it is because ‘they live a sedentary, solitary life...

Raymond Carr at 90

13 May 2009 12:00 am

Dons don’t usually appear to much advantage in fiction.

One of the last Oxford thoroughfares with a bit of life

18 April 2007 4:19 pm

This book is about the Cowley Road, which runs for about a mile and a half south east out of…

Doctor, diplomat, spy, philosopher

2 November 2006 10:34 am

One of the best lectures I ever heard was given by Hugh Trevor-Roper nearly 50 years ago, and its merit…

A dreadful victory

1 October 2005 12:00 am

The trouble with great historical narratives is the volume of detail they demand: tidal waves of personal and place names,…

A continent on a learning curve

29 January 2005 12:00 am

Welshmen will know what Le Goff’s name means. To mediaevalists it conveys not only Smith, but all that is gracious,…

Big Daddy of Europe?

9 October 2004 12:00 am

It was one of his own poets who described Charlemagne as ‘father of Europe’, over 1,200 years ago. Pres- umably…

A rather ferocious person

17 April 2004 12:00 am

Christina became queen of Sweden because her heroic father Gustavus Adolphus had been killed in battle, winning glory in Germany…

The love that dared to speak its name

4 October 2003 12:00 am

As you went into the tower door of the church at Marsh Baldon (Oxon), there used to be two wall-tablets.…

When the consumer was king

23 November 2002 12:00 am

Books as glossy as this are seldom as good as this. It is a sort of economic miracle in itself:…