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Anchoresses: 10 facts about the Life of Solitude

Anchoresses

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

Copernicus

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

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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