Tag Archive: history

The Start of Russia’s Long Lent: An Appreciation of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s “The Red Wheel”

“The great Russian novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn offers a profound and powerful meditation on the rise of the Bolsheviks in ‘The Red Wheel’…”

Song of Exiles: A Reflection on the New York City Draft Riots of 1863

“It will be a song that makes all hearts one, and makes all eyes see kinship in the eyes of others…”

Sven Stolpe: The Swedish Waugh

“A writer, journalist, hagiographer, playwright, cultural critic, and Catholic convert became well known in Sweden during large parts of the 20th century. The man was Sven Stolpe…”

The Pleasure of His Majesty: Kingship in the Works of the Inklings

“Their kings are neither the figureheads with which we are familiar in everyday life nor the all-powerful despots the modern mind conjures up…Rather, they are mythic figures of romance, images, like their prototypes of Arthur and Charlemagne, of Christ the King.”

Garments of Red: A Short Story of the Christian Martyrs

“Fascinated, the Romans watched as the lions bounded heavily toward the cluster of Christians…”

No True Knight: A Critique of Chivalry in George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire”

“With A Song of Ice and Fire unfinished, the question remains open whether Martin believes the purification of chivalry, on a large scale and for the long term, is likely, or even possible…”

The Death of General Wolfe: A Social Commentary on Art and Identity

“He responded that he was a French and Indian War reenactor, a devotee of British General James Wolfe…In fact, he said had just participated in a living tableau of Benjamin West’s iconic painting of Wolfe’s death.”

A Little Dancer: Edgar Degas and His Controversial Work of Art

“Her bony arms and legs are shaped by hard work and practice; her shoulders are straight and her stance is dignified. There is a look of what some would describe as haughtiness or defensiveness on her upturned face, and her eyes are closed…”

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