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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.
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.
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.