Disentangling traditional myth, archæological fact, and anthropological speculation is a tricky business, which—in a lucky break for historians—can be left to prehistorians.
Time is sometimes depicted as an ouroboros, a serpent eating its tail, a symbol of cyclical recurrence. History is like a bask of crocodiles: they are related to snakes, but have extra features that may distract us, to our peril.
A romantic English patriot and devout Catholic convert; a friend of Shaw and Orwell and an enemy of modernity; an opponent of socialism and a staunch foe of capitalism: the paradoxes of Chesterton make an elegant closing flourish for our series on the Author Bank.
The Renaissance was a pivotal historical period which did not exist, and lasted for one century that began in 1300 and ended in 1650, give or take fifty years in both directions. These, at least, are the impression one might take away from reading a randomly-chosen handful of modern historians.
St. Bernard of ClairvauxAn Author Profile By Gabriel Blanchard The academy, the battlefield, the royal court, and the chapel of twelfth-century Europe all bore the mark of St.