Jessica M Dalton

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October 15, 2020
A Polish princess of the 16th cen­tury, Katarina Jagellonica is an unlikely model for the 21st-century spouse. Yet, as mixed marriages increase and lawyers report a surge in divorce enquiries, there’s much to learn from her life, which was defined by both her Catholic faith and devotion to her Lutheran husband. This was a marriage
October 09, 2020
Christianity in Sweden has been both nourished and bedevilled by legend. The life of the country’s patron saint, King Eric the Holy (d 1160), is recounted in a single hagiographic text. The old Norse myths have also shaped the history of the faith. Although Christianity arrived in Sweden in the ninth century, pagans were still
June 02, 2020
Galileo and the Science Deniers By Mario Livio Simon and Schuster, 304pp, £22.99/$22.50 The so-called champions of reason are the modern man’s saints and martyrs: individuals who benevolently unearthed scientific truths only to find that they had poked a hornets’ nest. Giordano Bruno and Galileo Galilei have become patterns of the type. For many, they
March 12, 2020
Women of the Vatican By Lynda Telford Amberley, 320pp, £20/$34.95 Lynda Telford claims to defend “the underdogs who have otherwise been vilified” by history. In her latest book these underdogs are women who influenced the Church. The villains are the men who oppressed them. The pivotal role played by women in Christian history merits attention: