Christopher Howse

Should have been even longer with less gore: The Northman reviewed

7 May 2022 9:00 am

In Rus, which we now call Ukraine, Amleth (Alexander Skarsgard) begins his pursuit of revenge. A sea captain who later…

Why the destruction of Ukraine’s churches matters

2 April 2022 9:00 am

The destruction of Ukraine’s churches

Stupendous: The World of Stonehenge at the British Museum reviewed

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Christopher Howse is bowled over by the astonishingartefacts in the British Museum’s Stonehenge exhibition

The tiny charity that saves derelict churches from destruction

18 December 2021 9:00 am

The tiny charity that saves derelict churches from destruction

2021 Christmas quiz

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Set by Christopher Howse. Illustrated by Castro

The deafening rise of ‘background’ music

17 April 2021 9:00 am

The unstoppable rise of ‘background’ music

Devil of a job: the curious occupations recorded in the census

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Even before the first census was made in 1801, the plan was regarded with fear, hatred and ridicule. And this…

God’s many mansions: a guide to the world’s greatest churches

23 January 2021 9:00 am

The surroundings of the Crimea Memorial Church in Istanbul are ‘little better than a dump’, wrote the British embassy chaplain…

2020 Christmas quiz

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Set by Christopher Howse. Illustrated by Castro

Who decides what’s allowed on a gravestone?

21 November 2020 9:00 am

A parishioner in West Yorkshire has been allowed to put an inscription in Chinese on a relative’s gravestone. ‘There is…

The art of street furniture

29 August 2020 9:00 am

On his lockdown rambles, Christopher Howse finds beauty and solace in London’s street furniture

Why beards of convenience are a bad idea

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

Viewers of the BBC News channel, now that Zoom shows talking heads in their own homes, want before anything to…

Gay giraffes and dead in ditches: The Spectator 2019 quiz

25 December 2019 6:00 pm

They said it In 2019, who said: 1. ‘You have stolen my dreams and my childhood.’ 2. ‘I didn’t sweat…

Away from the manger: the holy relics of Bethlehem

21 December 2019 9:00 am

‘No crib for a bed,’ says ‘Away in a Manger’ rather puzzlingly, since a crib is a manger. ‘No one…

Gay giraffes and dead in ditches: The Spectator 2019 quiz

21 December 2019 9:00 am

They said it  In 2019, who said: 1. ‘You have stolen my dreams and my childhood.’ 2. ‘I didn’t sweat…

Christmas quiz

15 December 2018 9:00 am

You don’t say In 2018, who said: 1. ‘I have the absolute power to PARDON myself, but why should I…

Val d’Aran in the Catalan Pyrenees [Getty}

The peculiar allure of the Pyrenees

1 December 2018 9:00 am

On 26 August 1880 Henry Russell consummated his marriage in an unusual way. He was, to his own mind, married…

Christmas quiz

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Weird world  In 2017:   1. Police discovered thousands of what kind of plant growing in a disused nuclear bunker…

Breaking the commandments on Moses’s mountain

28 May 2016 9:00 am

A medieval party of 800 Armenians at the top of Mount Sinai suddenly found themselves surrounded by fire. Their pilgrim…

St James by the Master of Mambrillas (early 16th century)

A pilgrim’s progress to Santiago

16 April 2016 9:00 am

In his friendly and beguiling voice, Jean-Christophe Rufin explains (in a way that reminded me of the pre-journey relish of…

The sacrifice of Iphigenia: Agamemnon’s crime was ‘impious’, according to Lucretius

What did the ancient Greeks believe?

27 February 2016 9:00 am

It is a curious fact that the modern Hebrew for ‘atheist’, Tim Whitmarsh notes in passing, is apikoros. The word…

‘If ever there was a Renaissance Man, John Dee was it’: from ‘The Order of the Inspirati’, 1659

John Dee thought he could talk to angels using medieval computer technology

16 January 2016 9:00 am

John Dee liked to talk to spirits but he was no loony witch, says Christopher Howse

Take up and read Augustine’s Confessions

2 January 2016 9:00 am

I usually throw away dust jackets but Robin Lane Fox chose his for a reason. He originally encountered Augustine of…

Which happy breed?

Christmas Quiz

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Set by Christopher Howse. Illustrated by Castro

The answers

12 December 2015 9:00 am

On the record 1. Jean-Claude Juncker 2. David Cameron 3. Sir Tim Hunt 4. Jeremy Corbyn 5. President Vladimir Putin…