Arts & Books

A book on Johannes Vermeer and Antoni van Leeuwenhoekr is a reminder of a time when theology, arts and science went hand in hand

Simon Russell Beale’s deeply felt performance is one of his very best

A priest views the Second World War as ‘a holy war fought for multiple and mixed motives’

Pierre Boulez was wrong to imply that English composers are second rate

An warm account of significant figures with close links to the English Benedictine community

A new play tells the story of the extraordinary life and time of St Ignatius of Loyola

James Runcie’s Grantchester Mysteries cater for all of us who loved Agatha Christie and her contemporaries

Penny Dreadful is a sublime reimagining of Victorian pulp fiction horror stories

An English translation of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s documentation of Hitler’s evil makes for inspiring reading

In praise of a history documentary with an important cause at its heart