Tonsured monks in Henry VIII’s bedroom? Historic art is a great resource for productions, but interpretation is key.Read more "WARNING! The danger of reading historic art"
Do we understand the role of black men and women in our history and on our TV screens? We have a lot to learn about the black Tudors.Read more "The myth of the monochrome Tudors"
Are the makers of period drama allowed to fib about history? To what extent? And under what circumstances?Read more "Can we lie about history?"
Is there a Golden Rule of historical authenticity in filmmaking? Well, this is mine. I recently received perhaps the greatest text message of my life. It was from a client producer on an active production, and it read: “Need you on 11 May on location if avail to advise on how heretics might have been […]Read more "The Golden Rule of Historical Authenticity"
Lady Jane Grey: How much do you really know about the queen we never had? Peter Wagstaff gives you Jane in a nutshell: a two-minute crash course in one the most curious stories in English history.Read more "History in a nutshell: Lady Jane Grey"
The Berkeley vestibule is Peter’s Lockdown Treasure #6 from Bristol Cathedral – small but perfectly formed.Read more "Lockdown Treasure #6: Berkeley Vestibule"
Did you know that around 1180 BCE, civilization completely vanished? And that nobody knows why? Here’s the Bronze Age Collapse in a nutshell.Read more "History in a nutshell: the Bronze Age Collapse"
The Great Bible of Henry VIII is Peter’s Lockdown Treasure #7 from Bristol Cathedral: a mint-condition relic of the English Reformation.Read more "Lockdown Treasure #7: Henry’s Great Bible"
Cathedrals come to life when filled with music. How better to do that, than with a 17th-century pipe organ? Peter shows you around.Read more "Lockdown Treasure #8: Cathedral Organ"
In LOCKDOWN TREASURE #9 from Bristol Cathedral, Peter unlocks a door to the past, and steps into a monk’s shoes for a night.Read more "Lockdown Treasure #9: Door to the Past"