Raymond Carr

A split personality

13 November 2010 12:00 am

By the 1970s Ronald Fraser had established himself as an expert on modern Spain and an authority on its oral history, when that discipline was an exotic new concept.


Built for eternity

14 August 2010 12:00 am

The Escorial, as a monastery and a royal palace, was the brain child of Philip II of Spain.


The pride of the Sackvilles

23 June 2010 12:00 am

Knole is a country house the size of a small village in the Kent countryside.

Faith under fire

24 March 2010 12:00 am

Giles St Aubyn, in this long, scholarly book, sets out to chronicle the shifts in the Christian churches from the scientific revolution of the 17th century, and the Enlightenment of the 18th, to the apparent triumph of secularism in the 20th.


Double vision

27 January 2010 12:00 am

Thomas Babington Macaulay’s early essays in the Edinburgh Review were an immediate success, and soon made him a respected figure in Whig society.

Looking back in anger

2 December 2009 12:00 am

Portugal has given the world two distinguished novelists.

From Russia with love

26 August 2009 12:00 am

The Last Englishman: The Double Life of Arthur Ransome, by Roland Chambers

Depression and dictators

27 May 2009 12:00 am

The Morbid Age, by Richard Overy


Heroes and villains

4 March 2009 12:00 am

The Spice of Life, by John Jolliffe

Behind the fighting lines

28 January 2009 12:00 am

Memories of an SOE Historian, by M. R. D. Foot

Horses decline, dogs advance

14 January 2009 12:00 am

The Dog: 5000 Years of the Dog in Art, by Tamsin Pickeral
Dogs: History, Myth, Art, by Catherine Johns
The Horse: A Celebration of Horses in Art, by Rachel and Simon Barnes

Chalk and cheese

26 November 2008 12:00 am

The British in France: Visitors and Residents since the Revolution, by Peter Thorold

A city frozen in time

10 September 2008 12:00 am

Pompeii, by Mary Beard

Our modest contribution

20 August 2008 12:00 am

St Petersburg and the British: The City Through the Eyes of British Visitors and Residents
by Anthony Cross

The sins of the son

9 July 2008 12:00 am

The trial of Mary Surratt.

Sound and fury, signifying nothing

4 June 2008 12:00 am

Raymond Carr reviews the latest book by Ronald Fraser

Pistols at dawn

26 March 2008 12:00 am

Raymond Carr on the latest book from Giles Hunt

A return to the grand themes

30 January 2008 12:00 am

Raymond Carr reviews the new book from Wm. Roger Lewis

Portrait of a lady

21 November 2007 4:42 pm

Raymond Carr

The teddy bares his teeth

26 September 2007 1:55 pm

Ever since he could read and write John Betjeman felt himself destined to become a poet. Later he wrote, ‘I have always preferred it [poetry], knowing that its composition was my vocation and that anything else I wrote has been primarily a means of earning money in order to write poetry.’

The enemy within

19 September 2007 6:45 pm

On the 9 August 378 AD near Adrianople in Thrace the Roman army of the East was massacred and the…


Warding off the barbarians

15 August 2007 1:27 pm

Counterpoints: 25 Years of 'The New Criterion' on Culture and the Arts
edited by Roger Kimball and Hilton Kramer

A nation transformed in two generations

4 April 2007 2:24 pm

When in November 1975 Franco died, he still possessed the powers granted him by his fellow generals after the outbreak…

Bouncy castles in Spain

1 March 2007 9:25 am

Hugh Thomas is widely known as the author of scholarly blockbusters 1,000 pages long. He now excels in what he…

From West Dorset to Westminster

19 October 2006 9:48 am

Claire Tomalin is an accomplished biographer. While she recognises Hardy’s genius, this book is not an essay in literary criticism.…