SG MacLean: “He may have been a genius in the field, but in my reading Cromwell the man emerges as a hypocrite, a bully, a leader who condoned absolute savagery, perhaps a megalomaniac. Antonia Fraser’s 900-page panegyric utterly failed to convince me otherwise. But there is a truth to be glimpsed behind Fraser’s adulation: a yeoman from the fens couldn’t have risen to virtually occupy the throne of England had he not had the mesmeric personality so often seen in men of obscure origins who come to almost complete power. How does a writer of fiction deal with such a man?”

The Seeker, featuring a Captain of the Guard and officer in the intelligence network of the Cromwellian Protectorate, is the first in a series set in (...)

Edmund Spenser’s very rare The Faerie Queene, published in London in 1596, which collector Tony Sweeney    described as “the most majestic English language allegorical poem to be written in this country”, is   estimated at €3,000-€5,000

Collectors of rare books, from Ireland and overseas, will be among the bidders at Adam’s in St Stephen’s Green when a collection of “books, broadsides(...)

Four volumes containing the unique copies of ‘The Flapper’, a magazine produced in 1904-1910 by the Shaw children of Bushy Park House, Terenure, Dublin sold for €4,400

Auction results: Friday (December 5th) Bonhams, London. A Kunstkammer table-top cabinet made in Augsburg, Germany during the mid-17th century, and fo(...)

The brass plate from the coffin of Oliver Cromwell, the man who ordered the massacre of thousands of Irish people, confiscated land and ordered Catholics to go ‘To Hell or to Connacht’, was sold for £74,500 at auction on Tuesday. Photograph: Sotheby’s London

A brass plate retrieved from the coffin of Oliver Cromwell when his body was exhumed in 1661 has sold at auction in London for £74,500 (€94,965).The p(...)

Oliver Cromwell’s ‘coffin plate’ was “found in a leaden canister, lying on the breast of the corpse”, according to Sotheby’s. Photograph: Sotheby’s

A grisly memento from the grave of Oliver Cromwell, the most-hated name in Irish history, has come to light and will be sold at auction in London on (...)

It might be stretching it a little to summon up allusions to Oliver Cromwell’s famous warts (and all). Steve James’s cinematic take on Roger Ebert’(...)

John Philip Holland - inventor of the submarine

Take a former Christian Brother with a passion for Jules Verne, the Fenian Brotherhood’s passion for an independent Ireland, and the US navy’s passion(...)

C&C reported sales growth for the year to the end of February of about 30% to just over €620 million. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Stephen Glancey, chief executive of Bulmers maker C&C, told analysts it would consider launching a share buyback this year as its share price r(...)

Adelaide Road synagogue in  Dublin. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Jews arrived in Ireland during the reign of William the Conqueror. Henry III made his viceroy the custodian of Jews in Ireland; his successor, (...)

England’s Matt Prior could lose the gloves to Jonny Bairstow for the fourth Test. Photograph:  Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

There is no more stirring sight than the walk to the “G” on St Stephen’s Day morning. Three years ago, almost 90,000 people were packed and stacked in(...)