From Mr John Jolliffe SIR – Your review (October 15) of the biography of Hugh Trevor-Roper, though less than generous to the author, was not on the whole unfair, but it failed to mention that Trevor-Roper’s work, whether or not you agreed with him, was intensely readable. Rival historians, though frustrated at having to compete with his sharper wits, often generously admitted this.
In a rather superficial way, he was certainly anti-Catholic. But it did not prevent him, in 1975, from choosing Fr Philip Caraman’s study of the Jesuits in Paraguay, The Lost Paradise, as one of his best books of the year in the Sunday Times.
Yours faithfully, JOHN JOLLIFFE By email