Category Archives: Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge
A List of Books Published in 1814
There’s been a general re-examination this year of the monumental events of 1914, but I thought I’d go back another century and see what was published in 1814 – at the time of the realignment of European politics, borders and … Continue reading
According to Robert Nares’ Glossary, ‘All-Hallown summer’ means ‘late summer; all hallows meaning All Saints, which festival is the first of November’. This is not dissimilar to ‘St Martin’s summer’, an unseasonal spell of warm, bright weather around St Martin’s … Continue reading
The Father Of Egyptology
The pyramids of Gizeh – the only survivors of the canonical Seven Wonders of the ancient world – as well other obvious remains of Egyptian civilization, attracted the interest of western travellers from the classical period onwards: Herodotus was the … Continue reading
Do You Like Kipling?
The wrong (and excruciating) answer to this is: ‘I don’t know, I’ve never kippled’ (this joke is courtesy of my father, more than 50 years ago, and it works a tiny bit better if spoken rather than read). I haven’t … Continue reading
A Meeting of Civilisations
In the last few days, a British government delegation, headed by the Prime Minister, has been in India, talking trade, visas, and, inevitably, the colonial past.