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Ten places to see Roman Britain today

Read Tom Holland’s top ten places to see remainder of the Roman Empire in twenty-first-century Britain.    Hadrian’s Wall The best preserved and most enigmatic legacy of Rome’s frontier policy, this is best appreciated by […]

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A response to Dr Jonathan Brown on the five daily prayers

This article is in response to Dr Jonathan Brown’s article, which can be read here.   I fear that Dr Brown is being rather disingenuous in this posting!   He must know in his heart […]

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Philip of Macedon

Alexander the Great, it goes without saying, was a man not much given to modesty. In 334 BC, as he was preparing to embark on his invasion of Asia, his mother, the sinister witch-queen Olympias, […]

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Review: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

Tom Holland enjoys three new studies investigating the ruthless kings and gods of ancient Egypt.   Read the full article on the Guardian website: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/sep/26/ancient-egypt-history-myths-legends

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Review: The Test by Simon Jones and Jon Hotten

A truly great Ashes series leaves a glow in the memory that is forever golden. The greatest of all took place ten years ago, and gripped the nation in a way that cricket has never […]

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Taking on the Vatican at cricket

The Vatican is not traditionally known as a hotbed of cricketing talent, so a team in holy orders shouldn’t prove too much for a touring XI of authors from the UK, should it? Not so, […]

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The myths of cricket origins

The summer of 1912 was one of the wettest on record. Month after month, rain lashed the cricket pitches of England. Sydney Barnes, whose 69 wickets came that season at a cost of just over […]

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Alastair Cook: my batting coach

What can the England captain teach an amateur cricketer most recently humiliated by a teenage leg-spinner?   Read the full article on the Financial Times website

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On not being good at cricket

For historian and hopeless sportsman Tom Holland, cricket meant ‘tedium, interspersed with the odd moment of raw terror’. Until the day he watched Botham’s Ashes heroics and was utterly converted.   Read the full article […]

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Kevin Pietersen as epic hero

In this extract from The Nightwatchman, historian Tom Holland contends that, amid all the tawdry tattle, it is worth remembering the times Pietersen had us marvelling at his brilliance.   Read the full article on […]

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Review: Squeezing the Orange by Henry Blofeld

There can be a strong strain of self-parody in even the greatest commentators. When Henry Blofeld describes the progress of a pigeon in his inimitably plummy tones, or greets a visiting Ocker to the commentary […]

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Explaining cricket to America

The American series “30 Rock” has been airing in the U.K. for several years now, and most of it carries perfectly well across the pond. But comedy depends on context, and I was surely not […]

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