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October 22, 2021
Robert Gray reviews Europe’s 100 Best Cathedrals, 
by Simon Jenkins
March 01, 2021
Commerce, politics and religion collide in this vivid account
March 07, 2019
No one was ever more eager to submit to the judgment of Rome than Cardinal Manning, who served as Archbishop of Westminster from 1865 to his death in 1892. Yet one can imagine Manning raising a celestial eyebrow at Cardinal Newman’s imminent elevation to sainthood. “I see much danger in an English Catholicism of which
November 22, 2018
Handel in London by Jane Glover, Macmillan, 448pp, £25, $29.95 To begin on a carping note, Jane Glover’s subtitle, The Making of a Genius, surely claims too much for London. Handel’s genius had been blazingly evident before he ever thought of working in England. In particular, during his years in Italy (1706-10) he had stunned
December 21, 2017
Friendships by Mark Girouard, Wilmington Square Books, 192pp, £16.99 In 2011 Mark Girouard, the eminent architectural historian, published Enthusiasms, a series of essays on subjects that had intrigued him. These included his search for the identity of “Walter”, the Victorian sex enthusiast; the finances of Oscar Wilde in exile (far less straitened than Wilde put
November 07, 2008
From the archive: On the bicentenary of Cardinal Manning’s birth Robert Gray says he is under-appreciated by Catholics today
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