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Alice Thomas Ellis: isn’t it time someone wrote her biography?

She was a highly significant writer, and nearly every important literary person passed through her kitchen

Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII and Tamzin Merchant as Katherine Howard in the television series, The Tudors

She was a pawn, not a political player, and no one, it seems, felt sorry for her

A watercolour by Count Amedeo Preziosi: past splendours exert a powerful hold

As in China, the forces of conservatism were too great

The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (probably the most photogenic city in the world). AP Photo/Murad Sezer

Rather, there is plenty that encourages it

A beef cow in Alberta, Canada (The Canadian Press Images/Larry MacDougal)

Our addiction to beef does great damage to the environment. Time to wean ourselves off it

When the Catholic Church excelled in PR

The Counter-Reformation shows us how to ‘detoxify the brand’ of Catholicism

This year’s feast of St Thomas More has more significance than ever, says Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith