Our February issue is out now!
Our writers hold no party line; their only allegiance is to clarity of thought, elegance of expression and independence of opinion.
The Ottoman sultans regularly had their brothers strangled within hours of acceding to the throne
By David Abulafia
The label of an upmarket toothpaste will often reveal that it contains myrrh
Monuments are not all about glory or approval
A brief history of rebellious ‘spares’
The many uses of frankincense and myrrh
We should build more memorials to controversial people
Thought-provoking commentary and opinion on politics, books and the arts.