First of all, a caveat: the clothes we see in 16th-century portraits aren't fashion. At least, not to our eyes. They're court costume – emphasis on the costume. It's difficult to reconcile the lavishly slashed, brocaded and jewel-bedecked gowns of lustrous Renaissance portraiture with our jeans-and-T-shirt culture, or even with the grander creations on the international catwalks.
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Friday 15 June 2012
In these pages yesterday, Justin Byam Shaw, a distinguished member of the boss class here at i, looked through one end of the telescope at that bastion of British class and privilege, the honours system.
Sunday 03 June 2012
Prince Charles could be stripped of the title of Head of the Commonwealth when he becomes King, under radical plans set out in a book published to coincide with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Last Night's Viewing: Britain's Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones, BBC1
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Friday 01 June 2012
Here's a nice idea. Britain's Lost Routes, a four-part series about the historical arteries of the country, following the trail of ancient pathways long ago overgrown by technological progress and changing priorities. As a way of cutting a course across the landscape it has a lot going for it, a point-to-point that touches on topology and culture and regional difference.
Thursday 03 May 2012
Clue discovered concealed in Elizabethan map of North America
Monday 23 April 2012
Today is St George's Day and Shakespeare's birthday. Both symbolise a global and expansive sensibility and rebut those other characteristics one associates with England – twitchiness, arrogance, snobbery and supremacy. St George's mother was from Syria or Palestine, his father was Roman. Shakespeare, who married a local Warwickshire woman, wrote so perceptively and eloquently about cross-cultural and inter-racial relationships that no playwright since has ever come near.
Sunday 23 October 2011
Our writer bows to the convention of bobbing to the Queen
Monday 15 August 2011
A body found after a dinghy capsized in the sea has sparked a police investigation.
Friday 22 July 2011
If tittle-tattle from the sober court of Elizabeth II is oddly compelling, it is watery stuff compared to her 18th century forebears.
Friday 15 July 2011
The Queen today hailed Britain's Second World War codebreakers whose vital work remained unknown for decades.
Tuesday 05 July 2011
The Queen last year reduced her cost to the British taxpayer by £1.8m, despite a substantial rise in the amount spent on royal travel.
Monday 04 July 2011
The Queen's official expenditure decreased by 5.3% from £33.9 million in 2009/10 to £32.1 million in 2010/11 according to the royal public finances annual report.
Wednesday 22 June 2011
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Number 10 to attend a lunch to celebrate the Prince's recent 90th birthday.
Sunday 12 June 2011
The Royal Family will come together today to mark the Duke of Edinburgh's 90th birthday at a special service of thanksgiving.
Friday 10 June 2011
The Queen made the Duke of Edinburgh the Lord High Admiral of the Navy today to mark his 90th birthday.
Tuesday 07 June 2011
The Queen will officially open the fourth session of the National Assembly for Wales today.
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