The Presbyterian Queen

There was a reference in The Daily Telegraph on 3 September to the connection between the Royal Family and Crathie Kirk, near Balmoral which Queen Victoria started in 1848.

An unloved Tory

Lord Liverpool (1770-1828) was prime minister for longer than all but two of his predecessors, and longer than all his successors. He had to wait a long time for a full biography by a modern historian. It was finally published earlier this year. Alistair Lexden’s review of it follows.

Peterloo myth

Left-wing actors and film-makers love to distort history. A new film about the tragic incident that came to be known as Peterloo is attracting a great deal of attention even before its release.

Justice for Bishop Bell - the Church's shameful silence

Alistair Lexden is one of a number of lawyers, clerics, academics and others in the George Bell Group, formed to get the investigation of the allegations—grave in character, but just two in number—that have laid against the great Bishop George Bell (1883-1958) opened up to full and fair public sc

The emancipation of Catholics in the UK

After the Reformation in the 1530s, Roman Catholics were subject to harsh laws, which carried heavy penalties.

In the late eighteenth century, anti-Catholic laws began to be relaxed; in 1829 Catholics acquired the rights of full citizens.

Was Churchill sexually abused at school?

Michael Dobbs, best-selling novelist and Conservative peer, told an audience at a literary festival that it may well have happened in a speech reported in The Daily Telegraph on 2 July. Alistair Lexden, historian of the Conservative Party, is wholly unconvinced, as he explained in the main letter

International students at sixth form colleges

Alistair Lexden is President of the Council for Independent Education (CIFE) whose member colleges are specialists in preparing international students for entry to British universities.

In the attached article, he reflects on the reasons why the CIFE colleges are so successful.

Tattooing the Royals

The Duke of Cambridge is visiting the Middle East this week. An article in The Times on June 23 urged him to “get a tattoo of the Jerusalem cross on his arm, as did previous princes on visits to the Holy Land”.

Empire and Commonwealth troops in the First World War - a further tribute

Alistair Lexden’s recent Lords debate on the contribution made by Empire and Commonwealth troops during the First World War( see below) led to him being commissioned by Parliament’s House Magazine to write an article for it so that his account of their indispensable role could be given a wider ci