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John Lilburne at 400

The 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta has attracted plenty of attention this year, and it has made clear that its value lies in a living tradition.  By a neat coincidence this year
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St Francis – the First Hipster

I recently came across the ‘Punkabbestia’ movement, a group of people who reject contemporary society and live a life of voluntary poverty. This is the Italian version of the ‘Gutter Punks’ that can be found
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Tony Benn: Man of History

I never actually met Tony Benn. That’s a shameful thing for an historian of the British left to admit. And I do regret it. There’s really no excuse. He had a reputation for extraordinary generosity
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