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Rowan Williams is an Anglican prelate, theologian and poet, who was Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012. He writes on books for the New Statesman.
The story of 20th-century poetry teaches us that language is not a luxury: we need the right words in order to survive.
In 1845 a middle-aged Oxford vicar, after a long period of agonising, decided to convert to Catholicism – to much shock and scandal. Last week, 174 years later, he was declared a saint.
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.
To attempt to run a democracy without shared goods is a recipe for anger and stalemate.
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.
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.