Different Class

Only in Britain could a TV company get away with a drama that looks so lovingly at the past

The German Question

The German Genius: Europe's Third Renaissance, the Second Scientific Revolution and the Twentieth Century by Peter Watson; Fame by Daniel Kehlmann; The Box by Günter Grass; and Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman by Friedrich Christian Delius

Flouting (Not Flaunting) the Rules of English

The teaching of grammar should be at the heart of the school syllabus. Without it we are killing intellectual curiosity

A Cure for our National Amnesia

Michael Gove's reform of the teaching of history needs to draw on the Judaeo-Christian tradition

Let’s Look After Our Churches

The National Churches Trust preserves and protects churches across the UK

Finders Keepers

Whose Culture?: The Promise of Museums and the Debate over Antiquities edited by James Cuno

A Tale of Sadness and Forgetting

The Czech novelist Milan Kundera is accused of informing on an anti-communist as a student. Is there any truth in the charge?

Hero Worship

The film Valkyrie has sparked a debate in Germany about Claus von Stauffenberg's action-hero credentials

An American in Fulham

‘Dempsey's late equaliser caused a drowsy American to rise from his sacred couch and send his voice skyward, filled with pure exultation’

Rebuilding our Heritage

The Vivat Trust conserves and restores the smaller historic buildings that are overlooked by larger organisations

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"