Jonathan Keates


How to survive the rain-sodden Welsh Marches

7 June 2014 9:00 am

The Welsh Marches, gloriously unvisited amid their wooded hills and swift-flowing streams, have remained mysteriously off-limits to the sort of…

Queen Elizabeth I  playing the lute by Nicholas Hilliard

Music & Monarchy, by David Starkey - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Music has always been integral to the image and power of monarchy. Our present Royal family should take note, says Jonathan Keate


A holy terror

11 February 2012 10:00 am

In the summer of 1520, Michelangelo Buonarotti wrote a letter of recommendation on behalf of his protégé, the painter Sebastiano…


Wizard of the Baroque

10 December 2011 10:00 am

Jonathan Keates celebrates Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the rebarbative genius who refashioned Rome


Follow your star

20 November 2010 12:00 am

In these straitened times it looks as if a great many more hours of most people’s days will have to be spent waiting in queues.

Bach’s life examined

28 October 2009 12:00 am

Music all too easily disarms our critical faculties.

Not so serene

9 September 2009 12:00 am

Is there anything original left to say about Venice? Probably not, but that doesn’t stop the books from coming, tied in, as they mostly now are, with a television series.

Darwin — from worms to collops

1 April 2009 12:00 am

By all accounts a modest and retiring example of his species, Charles Darwin would surely have been more astonished than flattered by the honours done him during this year’s bicentennial celebrations.

Living the legend

3 December 2008 12:00 am

My Judy Garland Life, by Susie Boyt

Grandmother’s footsteps

19 November 2008 12:00 am

The Island that Dared, by Dervla Murphy

A hostage to fortune

16 July 2008 12:00 am

Jonathan Keates on a comprehensive study of the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Cities of the coast

14 May 2008 12:00 am

Jonathan Keates on a trilogy of travel books

Spartans did it wearing cloaks

30 January 2008 12:00 am

Jonathan Keates on the latest book by James Davidson

The bad boy comes of age

31 October 2007 1:40 pm

Jonathan Keates


The undiscovered county

26 September 2007 2:16 pm

Worcestershire is England’s most undervalued county. Sauce, Elgar and cricket, not necessarily in that order, are what most people associate with the name. Otherwise it is that place we cross on our way to Herefordshire, its far smarter western neighbour, or the territory glimpsed on either side of the M5 as we whiz northwards to Birmingham, whose sprawl has chewed up a sizeable part of the ancient shire.

Into the Norwegian wood

25 July 2007 1:48 pm

Out Stealing Horses
by Per Petterson
translated by Anne Born

A golden age for ghouls

22 March 2007 8:03 am

The 17th century was the heyday of the English ghost. Up and down the kingdom during those ‘distracted times’ of…

How at last we got it together

10 January 2007 5:35 pm

Stand in the Corinthian portico of the National Gallery’s main building and look due south beyond Nelson’s Column into Whitehall.…

One of those who simply are

8 November 2006 4:04 pm

‘I don’t want to act with you ever again,’ Katharine Hepburn told John Barrymore after appearing with him in A…

A visionary rooted in this world

28 June 2006 4:08 pm

Dante has suffered rather too much from his admirers. Barely was he cold in his grave at Ravenna than the…

Those rich little Greeks

25 May 2006 11:12 am

Listing page content here Plutarch, in his Life of Alcibiades, captures the fascination of the Greek warrior, politician and glamour…

Zero tolerance in Florence

15 April 2006 12:00 am

It is easy to get misty-eyed about Renaissance Florence. How gorgeous it was, we tell ourselves, this City of the…

Marcel the Magnificent

18 February 2006 12:00 am

Proust is rapidly becoming the Mozart of the novel, one of those artistic figures before whom, from time to time,…

Paddling in murky waters

15 October 2005 12:00 am

Published in 1995, John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was one of those books whose success…

The style is the man

1 October 2005 12:00 am

‘Is your autobiography really necessary?’ Something along the lines of that war poster which asked a similar question about railway…