A.N. Wilson

Dr Erasmus Darwin playing chess with his son, c.1780

An intellectual dynasty: the Darwins, Wedgwoods and their notable intermarriages

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Readers of Geoff Dyer’s Out of Sheer Rage will remember that its author set out to write a life of…

‘He had a rather melancholy face, and the air of a transplanted hidalgo’, said H.H. Asquith of John Meade Falkner.

In praise of John Meade Falkner: poet, arms-dealer and unforgettable novelist

15 December 2018 9:00 am

When H.H. Asquith, as prime minister, visited Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne, during the first world war, he found a vast…

St Francis receiving the stigmata. Credit Getty Images

Francis of Assisi’s life in poetry will stay in the mind forever

3 November 2018 9:00 am

This passionate series of engagements with the life of St Francis will stay in my mind for a very long…

The Gordon Riots, illustrated in Dickens’s Barnaby Rudge

The stubborn old Hanoverians saw new Gunpowder Plots everywhere

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Once won, rights and freedoms are taken for granted. We all find it difficult to imagine life before the Married…

Enoch Powell wasn’t racist – he just craved attention

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Dining in splendour beneath Van Dycks as we forked in the delicious venison, it was hard not to agree with…

That’s no lady

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Did I enjoy this novel? Yes! Nevertheless, it dismayed me. How could John Banville, whom I’ve admired so much ever…

Sir Isaac Newton, by Godfrey Kneller (1646–1723): Newton was a secret, though fierce critic of the ‘Holy’ Trinity

Trials and Trinitarians

30 September 2017 9:00 am

John Calvin believed that human nature was a ‘permanent factory of idols’; the mind conceived them, and the hand gave…