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Anchoresses: 10 facts about the Life of Solitude


by Robyn Cadwallader Anchoresses In Christianity, an anchoress is a woman who chooses to withdraw from the world to live a solitary life of prayer and mortification. Julian of Norwich was an anchoress whose writings tell of her life and

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Copernicus: The Formula for Genius


by Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna Copernicus: The formula for flourishing genius A flourishing of genius like that of Copernicus does not just “happen.” It arises as a result of specific social and intellectual conditions that enable creativity to shine

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The Bones of John the Baptist

Reliquary box thought to have been used to carry the bones to the island. The exterior has inscriptions written in ancient Greek mentioning John the Baptist and his feast day. The box was found near the altar of the church (credit: Oxford University). Image is in the public domain via

David Gibson and Michael McKinley The Bones of John the Baptist The island of Sveti Ivan does not immediately strike a visitor as the likeliest place to solve one of the most puzzling mysteries of Christian history. Just a quarter-mile

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Historic Divorce Facts: 10 Reasons Why It Ended In Divorce

It Ended Badly; William S. Burroughs; Divorce

by Jennifer Wright Three Unusual Historic Reasons For Divorce In 1613 the Countess of Essex demanded a divorce from her husband because, as her father quipped, “the Ear has no ink in his pen.” Essex and the court decided that he was

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Homer Matters: Why?

Why Homer Matters

by Adam Nicolson Chapter 1 One evening ten years ago I started to read Homer in English. With an old friend, George Fairhurst, I had just sailed from Falmouth to Baltimore in southwest Ireland, 250 miles across the Celtic Sea.

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