Hugh Thomas

A Visit From Goya

The National Gallery’s show is a treat for a country with a modest collection of the artist’s work 

Meet The Montalvos: The First Global Family

From the 15th century to the 20th, one Spanish family has left an indelible mark on history across the world, from Florence to Havana

History Repeats

'Policymakers should recall that there have been intolerant Muslim movements in the past'

Homage to the Spanish

Book review of The Spanish Holocaust by Paul Preston

Spain and the Conquest of China

China was in its sights, but the Spanish court's dithering meant the nation's conquistadors would never plant their flag on the Middle Kingdom

Super Mario

A brilliant writer with remarkable political gifts, Mario Vargas Llosa is a worthy winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

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"