Jerusalem

Sickness strikes in the clifftop monasteries of Meteora, and Stagg leaves the pilgrimage route

Staggering to Jerusalem — a journey from darkness into light

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Guy Stagg walked 5,500 km from Canterbury to Jerusalem, following medieval pilgrim paths, and he records the expedition in The…

Why this deluded affection for the Palestinians?

19 May 2018 9:00 am

The worst entry for this year’s Euro-vision song contest was that vast cater-wauling aboriginal. I can’t remember her name, only…

Author Nathan Englander (Photo: Getty)

Highly charged territory

14 October 2017 9:00 am

I first heard of this tragicomic spy romp around Israel and Palestine when Julian Barnes sang its praises in the…

The Templars’ final disaster: Guillaume de Clermont on the ramparts of Acre in 1291. Painting by Dominique Papety

Crusading passions

9 September 2017 9:00 am

In W.B. Yeats’s ‘Meditations in Time of Civil War’, a testing allusion emerges amid a scene of nightmare: Monstrous familiar…

Why were we going to Israel? For the winter sunshine, of course

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Morocco: if I had picked anywhere else on the Mediterranean for a family holiday, at…

Tristram Hunt’s Diary: Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘revenge reshuffle’ has distracted attention from several Tory disasters

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Whatever you do, don’t allow your six-year-old to be caught short at Crewkerne station. With the rain pouring and the…

A Horrible History of English Hymns

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Given that for much of English history the country’s main musical tradition was that connected with the church, it is…

Portrait of the week

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Home Two groups were launched, one in favour of remaining in the European Union and the other in favour of…

Even Nazis weren’t quite sure how to do the Hitler salute

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Gesture politics A royal home movie from 1933 apparently showed the future Queen, aged seven, and her mother giving a…

Vespasian’s Middle East policy (it should be ours, too)

25 July 2015 9:00 am

As Ahmed Rashid argued last week, it is hard to see what the West is doing in the Middle East,…

Portrait of the week

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, responded to the triumph of the UK Independence Party in the European elections (which…

Israelis don’t care that we hate them. But they’d like to know why

15 March 2014 9:00 am

 Jerusalem   Talking to Israelis feels a bit like talking to fans of Millwall FC. ‘No one likes us, we…

Are hymns dying? 

15 February 2014 9:00 am

I love a good hymn, so long as I’m not expected to sing it. Lusty declarations of faith sound ridiculous…

When did you last hear a news report you could trust completely? 

18 January 2014 9:00 am

‘It put a lot upon us,’ said Christopher Jefferies’s aunt. ‘The ripples went on and did not stop for a…

How many positions are there in the Kamasutra?

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Numbers, as every mathematician knows, do odd things. But they’re never odder than in the human context. Ever since we…

Johnny Flynn

The sickeningly talented Johnny Flynn

16 November 2013 9:00 am

‘I am walking in some mountains’. That’s the out-of-office that pops up when I email Johnny Flynn to request an…