Hugh Trevor-Roper 1957-1980
He was, above all, an ideas man and a controversialist. Every new development in historiography interested him, though he was unimpressed by many of them. While some of his critical essays come close to personal attacks, he was clearly as fascinated by the hold that ideas could have on his opponents as he was in puncturing their claims. ‘Every age has its orthodoxy’, he wrote in 1969, ‘and no orthodoxy is ever right’. Quite how self-aware this bracing aphorism was, coming from a man who did not entirely escape the prejudices and perspectives of his own cultural milieu, is hard to say.