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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 author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell returns with this remarkable novel.
“Shakespearean” as an adjective has had an unexpected currency in contemporary political journalism – but there are so many other dimensions to a “Shakespearean” sensibility.
The pandemic has forced us to confront the issue of death: how do we think about dying, and what does it mean for how we live?
Culture and the universal genius were not the only things to thrive in this supposed golden age – so too did slavery and warfare.
9 June 2011: Rowan Williams, the then Archbishop of Canterbury, offers advice to the coalition.
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?
So much of this election isn’t about politics at all. It’s about two tight-knit groups of (mostly male) professional public speakers and image managers.
The story of 20th-century poetry teaches us that language is not a luxury: we need the right words in order to survive.