Anne Somerset

Quirks of a Great Queen

An excellent new biography on Queen Victoria shows she remains a profound paradox

Reform, That You May Preserve

The Great Reform Bill of 1832 nearly sparked a revolution. Antonia Fraser's history tells the story with tremendous verve

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"