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Tolkien’s The Hobbit played out the eternal struggle between good and evil (AP)

A Hobbit, a Wardrobe and a Great War by Joseph Loconte, Nelson Books, £16.99 It cannot have been easy to shock Virginia Woolf, the Bloomsbury queen. Bohemian to the core, she presided over a circle of literary hedonists whose escapades the BBC deemed racy enough to turn into a television series earlier this year. And […]

An image of Agnès Sorel, the 15th-century royal mistress and fashion trendsetter (CNS)

A new biography captures the sense of suppressed panic that lay behind the intricate court etiquette of the 15th century

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis tames the wolf of Fleet Street

The Pontiff has restored the Church as an admirable and loveable presence on the world stage

Keeping up with the Peter Joneses

Keeping up with the Peter Joneses

Cristina Odone meets a Catholic headteacher who is performing wonders at a school for the less affluent residents of Kensington and Chelsea