Spoiling for a fight

image edited by Web Investigator –  Image courtesy the Trustees of the British Library Short of a battlefield, the most violent place in medieval England was Oxford. Why did Brits stop beating each other up? by Jim Sharpe is professor emeritus of early modern history at the University of York. He is the author of Dick Turpin: The Myth of the English Highwayman (2004). On 10 February 1355, St Scholastica Day, two students at the University of Oxford got into a dispute with the landlord of the tavern at which they had been drinking. The quality of the wine, they felt, was not … Continue reading Spoiling for a fight

Les anglo-saxons

France, 1950. Photo by Mark Kauffman/LIFE/Getty Not just American or British, the Anglo-Saxon is a mirror to Frenchness: the country’s alter-ego and most feared enemy by Emile Chabal is a chancellor’s fellow in history and the director of the Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Edinburgh. In the English-speaking world, the term ‘Anglo-Saxon’ usually refers to a specific period in medieval history. Occasionally, a residual contemporary usage creeps back into general parlance – such as the common expression ‘White Anglo-Saxon Protestant’, used to describe a certain type of American East Coast elite – but this is unusual. … Continue reading Les anglo-saxons

Ideas were not enough

Procession of the Catholic Holy League on the Place de Grève, Paris, 1590-3 (oil on canvas). Such displays of intolerance became increasingly rare with the advent of the modern European state. Courtesy Musée Carnavalet, Paris/Bridgeman. Locke, Spinoza and Voltaire were all brilliant, but religious freedom in Europe was driven by statecraft not philosophy Mark Koyama is an associate professor of economics at George Mason University and a Mercatus Center Senior Scholar. He is the co-author, with Noel Johnson, of Persecution and Toleration: The Long Road to Religious Freedom(forthcoming, 2017). Religious freedom has become an emblematic value in the West. Embedded in constitutions and … Continue reading Ideas were not enough

Gauguin’s Stirring First-Hand Account of What Actually Happened the Night Van Gogh Cut off His Own Ear

Vincent van Gogh, “Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear,” 1889 “Between two such beings as he and I, the one a perfect volcano, the other boiling too, inwardly, a sort of struggle was preparing.” BY MARIA POPOVA Certain relationships are charged with an intensity of feeling that incinerates the walls we habitually erect between platonic friendship, romantic attraction, and intellectual-creative infatuation. One of the most dramatic of those superfriendships unfolded between the artists Paul Gauguin (June 7, 1848–May 8, 1903) and Vincent van Gogh (March 30, 1853–July 29, 1890), whose relationship was animated by an acuity of emotion so lacerating that it led to the famous … Continue reading Gauguin’s Stirring First-Hand Account of What Actually Happened the Night Van Gogh Cut off His Own Ear

Trump encourages gross violence against Muslims after Barcelona attack

US President Donald Trump US President Donald Trump has suggested that some Muslims should be executed with bullets dipped in pig’s blood, hours after a deadly terror attack in Barcelona, Spain. “Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught,” Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon. “There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!” Trump’s tweet referenced a dubious story about US Army General John Pershing’s handling of Muslim prisoners during the Moro Rebellion (1899–1913) in the Philippines. The rebellion was an armed conflict between Muslims and the United States military. During the 2016 election campaign, … Continue reading Trump encourages gross violence against Muslims after Barcelona attack

Sweden Insanity – Welcome Muslims…Deport Christians

SWEDEN PLANS TO DEPORT CHRISTIAN ACTRESS … TO IRAN! Ministry group says Oslo violating U.N. treaty by BOB UNRUH Sweden is violating a United Nations human-rights treaty in its attempt to deport a prominent Iranian actress who revealed her conversion from Islam to Christianity after arriving in the European nation, according to a charity that defends persecuted Christians worldwide. Aideen Strandsson would face punishment and prison, possibly even rape and death, if returned to the mullah-led Islamic nation, argues the U.K.-based Barnabas Fund. The group cites the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention, which states “a refugee should not be returned to a country where they face serious … Continue reading Sweden Insanity – Welcome Muslims…Deport Christians