“Pernicious traits are to do with human nature. The biggest is a complete absence of self-knowledge.”
Suzannah Lipscomb is a historian, author and broadcaster. Her works focuses on the 16th century because, as she puts it, it is the beginning of the modern age, the beginning of empire, an age of reformation and a time of great economic tumult and religious violence.
Her latest book, “The King is Dead – the Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII”, considers the monarch as a masterful puppeteer, rather than the puppet beholden to his courtiers that historians have traditionally portrayed.
Historians fail the public if all they do is educate themselves, says Lipscomb. “We have a duty to take what we find at the coalface and show it to the public.”