The Historian 158: Music

The magazine of the Historical Association

Published: 14th August 2023


4 Reviews

5 Editorial (Read article - open access)

6 ‘Since singing is so good a thing’: William Byrd on the benefits of singing – Katharine Butler (Read article)

11 Letters

12 A history of Choral Evensong: the birth of an English tradition Tom Coxhead (Read article)

17 Reviews 

18 Building new futures by rewriting the past: how operas have recreated history  Simon Banks (Read article)

23 A land without music? – David Fleming (Read article)

30 Arctic aspirations: Britain and Icelandic independence, 1917–18 Ben Markham (Read article)

36 Slavery, child labour, or a grand day out? Hull’s agricultural hiring fairs, 1870–1950  Stephen Caunce (Read article)

42 Hearing the call to arms: Herbert Douglas Fisher, the International Brigader from a famous family forgotten for eight decades  Adrian Smith (Read article)

48 Real Lives: Jessie Reid Crosbie  Alyson Brown, Dan Copley and Jack Bennett (Read article)

52 HA Conference 2023, general strand: a review  Paula Kitching

55 Podcasts – small audible talks on history

56 Crusade in Crisis: the Siege and Battle of Antioch, 1097–98  Andrew Buck (Read article)

60 My Favourite History Place: Burton Agnes Hall  Susan Walton (Read article)

64 Out and About in Ardmore, County Waterford  Trevor James (Read article)

Regular features: Access all past editions of our regular features Real Lives, History Abridged, My Favourite History Place and Out & About

Cover image: ‘The Enraged Musician’ by William Hogarth, 1741

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