Simon Scott Plummer

The Middle Kingdom’s Problem with Religion

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

Faded Glory: In The Footsteps of Old Fritz

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

In the Steps of the Spanish

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

Well Worth an Arm and a Leg

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

Melancholy Monuments of Chivalry

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

Park and Ride

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

Castles of the Imagination

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

From Treblinka to Tannenberg

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

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"