Family Business

On 14 November I shall be speaking at the annual History of the book Trade Conference at Stationers' Hall on the history of the various businesses of the Humphrey family 1757-1835.  

The Boulogne Spy Ring

On Friday 26 July 2019 I'll be giving a lunchtime lecture at the National Army Museum on the Boulogne spy Ring in 1803.

Spies, Plots and Lies

The beginning of August saw the publication of This Dark Business, an analysis of the early stages of the Secret War against Napoleon. I am quite proud of this book which has been very favourably reviewed by Andrew Roberts in the Sunday Times.

Versailles and American Independence

The American theme continued with a one-day conference at Versailles to accompany the exhibition Versailles et l'Indépendence Américaine. I had made small contributions to the catalogue on the theme of propaganda and was asked to speak on the image of the French and Americans in

Warwick in Venice Visual Print Culture conference

Just back from a highly enjoyable weekend in Venice for Warwick University's Visual Print Culture conference. It was a great pleasure to meet new scholars with an interest in prints as well as old friends. Many thanks to Mark Philp, Mark Knights, Kate Astbury and

The Last Stand: Napoleon’s 100 Days in 100 Objects

Please take a look at this fascinating online exhibition: www.100days.eu. Relive the drama and the uncertainty of Napoleon's return to power day by day! Find out how civilians, soldiers and politicians from across Europe reacted to the news filtering out of France in 1815. New material will


Gillray collection at the House of Lords

The House of Lords Library holds one of the best collections of Gillray's caricatures in the country. Compiled during the nineteenth century by a voracious collector, it incorporates several earlier collections of high quality and the colour on the prints remains remarkably vibrant. I am