The Best Novel You’ve Never Heard Of

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It’s a mystery where the mystery is 500 years old, and everyone already knows the solution. Or at least they think they do. The detective is stuck in a hospital bed for the entire novel. There is no action whatsoever. We never leave the hospital room. Only three characters have any kind of substantial roles, [Read More...]

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The Earliest Known Depiction of Witches On Brooms, and What It Tells Us About Evil

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This marginal illustration comes from Le champion des dames (A Defense of Women) by Martin Le France, 1451. Martin was secretary to both Antipope Felix V and Pope Nicholas V. His work is a 24,000-verse (!) poem extolling the virtues of women, but also condemning heresy and corruption. The witches are identified Vaudois, or Waldensians, who were accused of practicing witchcraft and [Read More...]

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Your Facebook Wall, Circa 1935

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Either Facebook or the worse texting plan ever.   [Read more...]

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Cardinal Nichols Presides Over Reburial of Richard III

The remains of King Richard III, found under a parking lot 530 years after his death at Bosworth Field, were reburied in Leicester Cathedral yesterday. The Catholic archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, led the ceremony, which featured prayers, readings, plainsong, and a homily. The Cardinal celebrated a separate funeral mass at Holy Cross Church in Wellington [Read More...]

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A Phantom Army at the Fall of Jerusalem

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In The Histories, Tacitus describes the supernatural events that accompanied the fall of Jerusalem to the armies of Titus in 70AD: Prodigies had occurred, which this nation, prone to superstition, but hating all religious rites, did not deem it lawful to expiate by offering and sacrifice. There had been seen hosts joining battle in the skies, the fiery [Read More...]

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Why Obama’s Rhetoric About Christian Violence Was a Problem

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Saturday morning I wrote some thoughts about why Obama was wrong to drag Christian sins into his speech condemning Islamic terror. I spent that afternoon debating my points on social media with Sam Rocha, Mark Shea, and others, so I thought I’d expand upon my rationale a bit. I don’t really write about contemporary political [Read More...]

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Why Obama Was Wrong About The Crusades

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I wrote something on the Crusades flap for Catholic World Report. Here’s the beginning: It’s not hard for President Obama to stir outrage. Six years into his presidency, all he has to do is speak to make the opposition angry. Sometimes it’s justified, sometimes not. At the National Prayer Breakfast, following his condemnation of ISIS [Read More...]

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Medieval People by Michael Prestwich (Book Review)

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Anyone who reads even casually about the Middle Ages encounters the many vivid personalities who emerge from the history books, from titanic figures like St. Thomas Aquinas and Eleanor of Aquitaine to lesser known people like Simon de Montfort (largely responsible for the horrors of the Albigensian Crusade) and the Countess Matilda of Tuscany (an ally of [Read More...]

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