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Russell Chamberlin looks at the renaissance of Bolivia's Jesuit mission

Jessie Childs recounts the chilling story of an exorcism performed in an Elizabethan household in Hackney.

Volume: 64 Issue: 4 2014

Findings at a desert site in eastern Syria shed light on pagan, Jewish and early Christian religions.

Volume: 64 Issue: 7 2014

Charles Freeman, surprised by the lack of research into one of the great unsolved mysteries, reveals for the first time his groundbreaking examination into the creation of the venerated object.

Volume: 64 Issue: 11 2014

Christian Byzantium and the Muslim Abbasid caliphate were bitter rivals. Yet the necessities of trade and a mutual admiration of ancient Greece meant that there was far more to their relationship than war, as Jonathan Harris explains.

Volume: 63 Issue: 2 2013

Modern paganism is an invented tradition, says Tim Stanley. So why is the Church of England offering it a helping hand?

Volume: 63 Issue: 8 2013

Margaret Clitherow, a butcher’s wife from York, was one of only three women martyred by the Elizabethan state. Her execution in 1586 was considered gruesome, even by the standards of the time. Peter Lake and Michael Questier tell her story.

Volume: 63 Issue: 7 2013

The ‘little town’ celebrated by western Christians as the location of the Nativity, is much more than a stylised depiction evoked in Christmas cards each December. Instead, it is a place with a complex history, characterised by its unique links with the wider world, says Jacob Norris. 

Volume: 63 Issue: 12 2013

Today, choosing a new Archbishop of Canterbury is a relatively straightforward process. It was not always so, as Katherine Harvey explains.

Volume: 62 Issue: 10 2012

Often portrayed as a paragon of Christian virtue, the real King Arthur was an embarrassment to the Church, writes Simon Andrew Stirling.

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

The quest for spiritual virtue through personal austerity drove many Eastern Christians to lead solitary lives as hermits surviving in the wilderness. Andrew Jotischky describes how indifference to food became an integral part of the monastic ideal in the Byzantine era, one revived in the West in the 11th and 12th centuries.

Volume: 61 Issue: 4 2011

Richard Cavendish marks the anniversary of St Catherine of Siena's canonisation by Pope Pius II.

Volume: 61 Issue: 4 2011

Though Protestants sought to distance themselves from Roman Catholics on the subject, angels  played a key role in Protestant culture as a means by which to understand humans and their place in the universe, explains Joad Raymond.

Volume: 60 Issue: 12 2010

The Great Exhibition of 1851 was not only a celebration of Victorian Britain’s scientific and economic pre-eminence but also a hymn to the religion that underpinned it, argues Geoffrey Cantor.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

During the Anglo-French conflicts that characterised the 14th century, the Oxford theologian John Wyclif challenged the  ‘un-Christian’ pursuit of war and wealth. Yet, just like anti-war protesters today, Wyclif had little influence on Parliament or the king, writes Rory Cox. 

Volume: 60 Issue: 8 2010

Lucy Wooding introduces a highly significant, but often much misunderstood, cultural force.

Issue: 64 2009

Simon Lemieux provides an overview of 16th-century Catholicism, focusing on the key issues often selected by examiners.

Issue: 63 2009

Kenneth Fincham and Nicholas Tyacke look at the ways ordinary people responded to  religious changes within their places of worship from the Reformation to the Restoration.

Volume: 58 Issue 6 2008

Roy Strong tells York Membery why the humble English parish church is a perpetual source of fascination and refreshment.

Volume: 57 Issue: 10 2007

Penny Young investigates the situation of one of the country’s less-commonly mentioned communities.

Volume: 57 Issue: 7 2007

Peter Marshall explains how a chance reference in an old local history book led him to reconstruct the story of a 17th-century church scandal, and its afterlife in literature, culture and politics.

Volume: 57 Issue: 2 2007

Richard Cavendish marks the anniversary of the deportation of an important figure in Greek Cypriot nationalist history, on March 9th, 1956.

Volume: 56 Issue: 3 2006

The beliefs of the man who painted some of the most famous Christian images are shrouded in mystery. Alex Keller coaxes Leonardo da Vinci’s thoughts out of some little-known personal writings.

Volume: 56 Issue: 9 2006

Douglas James explains why so many in the Christian West answered Urban II’s call to arms following the Council of Clermont in 1095.

Issue: 53 2005

The only Englishman ever to be Pope, Nicholas Breakspear was elected on December 4th, 1154.

Volume: 54 Issue: 12 2004

Robert Carr draws uncomfortable parallels between Christianity and Nazism.

Issue: 47 2003

Richard Cavendish explores the papacy of Pius X, who was elected on August 4th, 1903.

Volume: 53 Issue: 8 2003

James I. Robertson, Jr. looks at the man behind the legendary Confederate hero.

Volume: 53 Issue: 2 2003

Pope Boniface VIII issued the papal bull Unam Sanctam, the most famous papal document of the Middle Ages, on November 18th, 1302.

Volume: 52 Issue: 11 2002

The first Christian missionary to the country, Francis Xavier, departed from Japan on November 21st, 1551, having made perhaps some 2,000 converts.

Volume: 51 Issue: 11 2001

Stewart MacDonald introduces the humanist scholar whose writings made him one of the most significant figures of 16th-century Europe.  

Issue: 36 2000

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