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Dr Jonathan Bardon at home in north Belfast

Dr Jonathan Bardon at home in north Belfast

Dr Jonathan Bardon at home in north Belfast

Historian Jonathan Bardon, who has died, made history understandable to anyone who wanted to read it without ever sacrificing the gravitas of his work.

Born into a Protestant family in the largely Catholic Irish Republic in 1941, later to teach in loyalist east Belfast and to witness the beginning of the civil rights movement at close quarters, he used all those influences to produce a balanced analysis of our past.

For all his achievements and the regard he was held in by fellow historians, he was a modest man who showed us that whatever our background, we had a shared history, which he hoped would blossom in the post-ceasefire period.

Belfast Telegraph