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Much has been made of the idiosyncrasy of Mantel’s treatment of Cromwell. But as her new novel demonstrates, she has never simply given him a moral free pass.
For Cromwell, getting rid of Charles I was the easy bit. What came next was the problem.
I always knew I should be a priest. But why not do the thing properly and be a monk?
The story of 20th-century poetry teaches us that language is not a luxury: we need the right words in order to survive.
Today's migrant crisis is often talked about as an anomaly. But high levels of displacement and mobility have long been routine and widespread in postwar Europe.
Despite English attempts to eradicate it, the Welsh literary tradition has persisted, from the fourth century to today.
Early modern Europe and the “shame-praising” of the Muslim world.
How should we tackle our unhappiness epidemic? The answer, suggests David Brooks in The Second Mountain, is to be found in other people.
I was 12 when I asked my parents if I could stay up late to watch Sergei Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible on television. It was the start of a lifelong fascination with Russia.
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The Chartered Institute of Building and the New Statesman gathered a panel of experts to discuss the wider social and economic impact of the built environment.
No indisputable evidence exists for a “real” King Arthur, but, fictional or not, Britain has always needed him.
Diarmaid MacCulloch’s superb biography explores the motives of Henry VIII’s right-hand man.