The Catholic Conundrum

Despite persecution, Catholics survived in Protestant England. For the authorities, they were a problem with a silver lining.

Confess Your Sins

In 17th-century Tuscany and Malta some women were able to hold their abusers, members of the clergy, to account.

No Grand Plan

The dissolution of the monasteries as a series of decisions and indecisions.

The Nandi Bull

Two Hindu gods discover an abandoned child while following the wind’s path.

The Theology of Chocolate

The introduction of chocolate to the Catholic world caused a dilemma: could it be eaten? Should it be given up for Lent?

Jerusalem Burning

When Roman forces burned the Temple in Jerusalem in AD 70, the Flavian dynasty thought it had defeated the Jewish god in the name of Jupiter. It was mistaken.