Biography of a Town
Nicholas Blincoe draws on his own long experience of living in Bethlehem as he lovingly describes the past and present of this city located between hills and desert and suffused with history and myth. Taking the reader through its stone streets, monasteries, aqueducts and orchards, he tells how it developed from the little town of Biblical times to the overcrowded city of today, whose inhabitants are caught up in the intractable complexities and contradictions of conflict and occupation.
Echoes of the Goddess
A Quest for the Sacred Feminine in the British Landscape
In search of the goddesses of pre-Christian Britain, the authors explore prehistoric sites throughout Europe before examining evidence of British goddess worship ranging from cairns and standing stones to medieval labyrinths.
How A Group of Scottish Conspirators Unleashed Half A Century of War In Britain
Fife in the 1630s was a hotbed of rebel priests, fire-breathing politicians and unemployed mercenaries, many connected through family. This innovative history shows how a combustible mixture of Covenanters, Catholics, Gibbites, Malignants and a host of other sects ignited not only Scotland’s wars of religion, but conflict in Ireland, and the English Civil War, resulting in more than 600,000 deaths. The book concludes with a gazetteer of the buildings, ruins, monuments and battlefields of Scottish wars from 1639 to 1689.
Elegies on Parish Churches
For the modern visitor, parish churches are places of reverence, mystery and charm which stand as monuments to a bygone era of belief and ritual. This anthology comprises more than 90 poems on English churches by post-war poets such as Sir John Betjeman, Philip Larkin, Fleur Adcock and Simon Armitage. They are united by a mood of nostalgic yearning inspired by the buildings’ evocative architecture, their place in a changing physical landscape and their significance as sites of cultural memory.
How to Believe
In an effort to rescue the debate from sterile polemics, one of Britain's leading philosophers defends religious belief by drawing on insights from poetry, music, scripture and a range of philosophical texts. This ‘account of the dynamics of belief’ argues that belief is less about advancing a set of explanatory hypotheses than responding ‘to certain deep psychological and moral features of our human predicament' with all our faculties, intellectual, emotional and imaginative.