Books

A useful but rose-tinted account of England’s break with Rome

Uncanny tales from the First World War

A sense of adventure and charity marks Fr George William Rutler’s books

Henry VI was the wrong king at the wrong time for England, says James Baresel

The idea of an unbroken choral tradition dating back to the Middle Ages is not quite true, says Michael White

Michael Duggan on an unconvincing prescription for reviving Irish Catholicism

This is the best ever English translation of The Odyssey, argues Harry Mount

Nietzsche was mild, timid and would have loathed Nazism, says Allan Massie

Charting the toxic and tragic marriage of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes