the Reformation

Sheep being milked in a pen. (From the Luttrell Psalter, English School, 14th century)

Wolves, wheat and wool: in search of old England

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Englishness is big business in the nation of shopkeepers, and not just in politics and tourism. In literature, the gypsy…

‘The Forty Martyrs of England and Wales’ by Daphne Pollen. The two foreground figures are Margaret Clitheroe and Nicholas Owen, the priest-hole maker. Behind Margaret Clitheroe, with arms crossed, is Edmund Campion. Philip Howard, 1st Earl of Arundel, is in doublet and hose beside the greyhounda

The great ‘adventure story’ of British Catholicism

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Roy Hattersley would never have been born had it not been that his mother ran away with the parish priest…

Our debt to the children of the Reformation

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Secular society is based on the values of the Reformation. So why won’t today’s Protestant leaders acknowledge the fact?

John Knox (Photo: Getty)

John Knox: like the blast of 500 trumpets

2 May 2015 9:00 am

John Knox, Cranmer complained, was ‘one of those unquiet spirits, which can like nothing but that is after their own…

Portrait of Thomas Cromwell wearing ‘the George’, by Hans Holbein

Thomas Cromwell: more Tony Soprano than Richard Dawkins

23 August 2014 9:00 am

The travel writer Colin Thubron once told me that to understand a country and its people he first asks, ‘What…

How we lost the seasons

4 January 2014 9:00 am

... for tomorrow traditional seasonal rituals may just be ghostly memories of a vanished world, says Melanie McDonagh