You can read my article on the turbulent history of Christianity in Sweden, from the 9th century to our own day, in the October issue of the Catholic Herald or here: https://catholicherald.co.uk/the-rise-and-fall-of-swedish-catholicism/. The article accompanied a piece by Cardinal Anders Arborelius: the first ever Swedish cardinal. Together, the two texts will bring you bang up-to-date on the fate of Catholicism in the country.
It is easy to view historical figures as sepia-toned strangers or faceless names on a page. Hugh Trevor-Roper’s great gift as an historian was his ability to see his subjects animated, in vivid colour and profoundly relevant to his own time. This is patent throughout the essays in ‘Hugh Trevor Roper: The Historian’, a volume edited by Blair Worden, re-released as a paperback a few weeks ago. Across the volume quotations from Trevor-Roper’s works showcase Trevor-Roper’s intimacy with the past. Considering how the sixteenth-century humanist Erasmus would be treated in the modern age, Trevor-Roper declared that whilst the sixteenth century had ‘accused him of levity, [...]
In the first ever monthly edition of the Catholic Herald, I review Mario Levi's new book and ask whether today's most sinister science deniers are religious or political zealots.
You can read my review of Lynda Telford's new book on 'Women and the Vatican' online at the Catholic Herald. In this review I ask if the picture of oppression and scandal painted by Telford is a faithful image of female influence in the Catholic Church or if her history has been marred by cynicism. Read the full article here: https://catholicherald.co.uk/catholic-women-were-not-all-underdogs/
Between Popes, Inquisitors and Princes How the first Jesuits negotiated the religious crisis in early modern ItalyWhen the first Jesuits arrived in Italy in 1538, nobody could have predicted that they would soon be the most important religious order in Europe. Up until then, this motley group of young men had been plagued by misfortune, suspicion and venomous accusations of heresy. Their quest to save souls had also been blighted by grave circumstances. For, as these young men travelled to Rome, the continent was facing unprecedented religious and political crisis. In the wake of Martin Luther’s condemnation of Catholicism, leaders of [...]