Simon Scott Plummer

Simon Scott Plummer

The dust-jacket of Christopher Howse’s second book on Spain points to its contents. In the province of Huesca a tiny caterpillar of a train is passing beneath the Cyclopean sugar-loaf rocks of Riglos, a magnet to climbers and home to the griffon vulture. This, then, is not a book about Spanish railways. Rather, the network serves simply as structure for a much wider survey of the country’s past and present.

Faced with an astonishing revival of Christianity in China, Beijing is reacting with a mixture of alarm, repression and control

In 1757, Prussia under Frederick the Great celebrated its most famous victories in the Seven Years’ War. The two battlefields at Leuthen and Rossbach are still worth seeing today

Book reviews of Love: A Secret History by Simon May and All About Love by Lisa Appignanesi

Book review of Holy Bones, Holy Dust: How Relics Shaped the History of Medieval Europe by Charles Freeman and Walsingham: Pilgrims and Pilgrimage by Michael Rear

From Cyprus and Anatolia to Rhodes, the Levant’s castles bear witness to the struggle for supremacy between East and West

The Olympic juggernaut has trampled over any local council objections to its project. Now it looks like it will do the same to Greenwich Park

From Wales to Syria, fortresses are monuments to an age of chivalry — but some are only castles in the air

A tour through Eastern Poland uncovers the wreckage of German military might