In Their Defence: The Duke & Duchess of Windsor. May 2018

Dear Rowley, Can one defend the reputation of the Duke of Windsor, ex-King Edward VIII, who gave up a crown for the love of a twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson? This is the challenge set by Like A Shot TV for … Continue reading

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Anne of the Thousand Days. April 2018.

Dear Rowley, One of the most formative films I ever saw on the television as a child was Anne of the Thousand Days. The title refers to Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, who reigned for 1000 days before … Continue reading

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Rivalry. October 2017.

Dear Rowley, The Anne Boleyn license to print money continues apace with Alison Weir’s ‘factional’ novel Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession available in all good bookshops. Weir is a historian and has tackled the Six Wives previously in a work of … Continue reading

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Victoria. September 2016.

Dear Rowley, Fascinated by the Poldark versus Victoria dust-up on telly at the moment. I never saw the first Poldark but have seen enough Romany gypsy types with their tops off in the flesh for a mini series to raise … Continue reading

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The Seven Deadlies. September 2016.

Dear Rowley, You must have favourite paintings in London galleries that you revisit every month or so. My number one is the National Portrait Gallery Anne Boleyn in the Tudor Rooms but Bronzino’s Allegory of Venus & Cupid in the Sainsbury … Continue reading

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