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Luther and the Weight of History

Luther and the Weight of History

It is often said that more has been written about Martin Luther than anyone other than Jesus of Nazareth, so the inevitable question for any new book about the infamous Wittenbergian friar is whether or not it has anything new to say. This was the task set before...
Beauty and Wonder in Buildings

Beauty and Wonder in Buildings

Our second speaker of the academic year was Javier Castañon, Head of Technical Studies at The Architectural Association, who spoke about Beauty and Wonder in Buildings. In particular, he spoke about the subtleties of architectural craft he employed to bring together a...
Magna Carta – Still Relevant?

Magna Carta – Still Relevant?

David Letterman: “What is the literal translation [of Magna Carta]?” David Cameron: “You are testing me.” David Letterman: “Oh it would be good if you knew this…” David Cameron: “Yeah, well it would be.” It is worrying that even our Prime Minister has forgotten the...
Edmund Burke and the Concept of Freedom

Edmund Burke and the Concept of Freedom

To claim that Edmund Burke was “the visionary who invented modern politics” may seem somewhat bold, for it requires us to ask ourselves in what sense Burke was a ’visionary’ and what we mean by ’modern politics.’ But this was what the Conservative MP for Hereford and...
Richard III: Six in a million

Richard III: Six in a million

Inter their bodies as becomes their births: Proclaim a pardon to the soldiers fled […] And then, as we have ta’en the sacrament, We will unite the white rose and the red . . . . Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond, from Shakespeare’s Richard III The recent visit to...
The Good Doctor of the English Dictionary

The Good Doctor of the English Dictionary

Language is only the instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas: I wish, however, that the instrument might be less apt to decay, and that signs might be permanent, like the things they denote. This quotation from the preface of Samuel Johnson’s...