Jerusalem

Sickness strikes in the clifftop monasteries of Meteora, and Stagg leaves the pilgrimage route

Staggering to Jerusalem — a journey from darkness into light

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Guy Stagg walked 5,500 km from Canterbury to Jerusalem, following medieval pilgrim paths, and he records the expedition in The…

Why this deluded affection for the Palestinians?

19 May 2018 9:00 am

The worst entry for this year’s Euro-vision song contest was that vast cater-wauling aboriginal. I can’t remember her name, only…

Dinner at the Centre of the Earth: a tragicomic Middle East spy romp

14 October 2017 9:00 am

I first heard of this tragicomic spy romp around Israel and Palestine when Julian Barnes sang its praises in the…

The Templars’ final disaster: Guillaume de Clermont on the ramparts of Acre in 1291. Painting by Dominique Papety

Whether heroes or villains, the Knights Templar were inept crusaders

9 September 2017 9:00 am

In W.B. Yeats’s ‘Meditations in Time of Civil War’, a testing allusion emerges amid a scene of nightmare: Monstrous familiar…

Steven Runciman with his parakeet, photographed by Cecil Beaton c.1923. Runciman was Beaton’s first photographic subject

Steven Runciman — historian, tease and professional enigma

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Steven Runciman, the historian of Byzantium, is a puzzling figure. He was an outrageous snob, once remarking that he would…

Hard thinking in Jerusalem

24 September 2016 9:00 am

‘Here is a story from the winter days of the end of 1959 and the beginning of 1960,’ announces the…

Let’s throw kosher to the wind... and go veggie in Israel

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Julie Burchill samples the delights of Tel Aviv, Israel’s non-stop city

Letters: Lighten up, kids – there’s always hope

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Our terrified youth Sir: Both Claire Fox’s ‘Generation Snowflake’ and Mary Wakefield’s recent column (What’s to blame for a generation’s…

An awkward alliance between Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg: The BFG reviewed

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Nobody who witnessed it can have forgotten Mark Rylance summoning giants to his aid in Jerusalem. As Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron,…

The Siege of Jerusalem, 1099: Christian knights hacked down thousands of Jews and Muslims in the name of God

Why the crusades ended – and jihad goes on

9 July 2016 9:00 am

First a confession. Like many modern British readers, I have contracted a severe case of Jihad Overload Syndrome. Symptoms of…

Why were we going to Israel? For the winter sunshine, of course

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Morocco: if I had picked anywhere else on the Mediterranean for a family holiday, at…

Tristram Hunt’s Diary: Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘revenge reshuffle’ has distracted attention from several Tory disasters

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Whatever you do, don’t allow your six-year-old to be caught short at Crewkerne station. With the rain pouring and the…

A Horrible History of English Hymns

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Given that for much of English history the country’s main musical tradition was that connected with the church, it is…

Portrait of the week

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Home Two groups were launched, one in favour of remaining in the European Union and the other in favour of…

Even Nazis weren’t quite sure how to do the Hitler salute

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Gesture politics A royal home movie from 1933 apparently showed the future Queen, aged seven, and her mother giving a…

Vespasian’s Middle East policy (it should be ours, too)

25 July 2015 9:00 am

As Ahmed Rashid argued last week, it is hard to see what the West is doing in the Middle East,…

Portrait of the week

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, responded to the triumph of the UK Independence Party in the European elections (which…

Israelis don’t care that we hate them. But they’d like to know why

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Israelis’ theories on why it’s fashionable for the West to despise them

Are hymns dying? 

15 February 2014 9:00 am

I love a good hymn, so long as I’m not expected to sing it. Lusty declarations of faith sound ridiculous…

When did you last hear a news report you could trust completely? 

18 January 2014 9:00 am

‘It put a lot upon us,’ said Christopher Jefferies’s aunt. ‘The ripples went on and did not stop for a…

How many positions are there in the Kamasutra?

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Numbers, as every mathematician knows, do odd things. But they’re never odder than in the human context. Ever since we…

Johnny Flynn

The sickeningly talented Johnny Flynn

16 November 2013 9:00 am

James Mumford talks to the sickeningly talented actor and folk singer Johnny Flynn

The battle for the holy city

19 February 2011 12:00 am

In a tour de force of 500 pages of text Simon Sebag Montefiore, historian of Stalin and Potemkin, turns to a totally different subject: the city of Jerusalem.