Someone has translated my last Spectator blog into French, on the subject of la persécution des Chrétiens. C’est un grand honneur. Joueuses Pâques!
From the Spectator, March 29 A young pretender raises an army to take the throne. Having recently learnt of his father’s beheading, the adolescent — dashing and charismatic and descended from the old kings of the north — vows to avenge him. Despite his youth, he has already won in the field and commands the loyalty of many of the leading families of the realm; he is supported in this war by his mother, who has spirited away… Read on
I have a new Amazon Kindle Single out today, on the historical inspiration for Game of Thrones, which you can buy here. So if you follow me on Twitter prepare for a massive amount of spamming. Especially as the new series starts on Monday. It’s sort of like Our Island Story, Westeros version, but here’s the blurb: The HBO series Game of Thrones, based on the George R.R. Martin books, is one of the most popular television shows… Read on
Only a week to go until the new series of Game of Thrones, and I have an ebook out this Thursday, called The Realm, which looks at the historical parallels between the world George RR Martin created and real history; it’s sort of a miniature Our Island Story, but with dragons. Okay, there aren’t really dragons.
I have a coffee table book out about the royal family, published by Shire, who produce those nice picture books (and it’s written in the Shire style so dont expect my trademark warped bitterness and despair). I like the royals, and I like constitutional monarchy even more, and frankly if this doesn’t get me a knighthood I don’t know what will.
In today’s paper… The bishops complaining about poverty were silent when Labour spent money we didn’t have In yet another re-run of the 1980s, 27 Anglican bishops, together with Methodist and Quaker leaders, have signed a letter accusing the Government’s welfare reforms of causing malnutrition and creating a “national crisis”. This follows criticism by the Catholic Cardinal-elect Vincent Nichols, who last week called the growth of food banks under the coalition “a disgrace”.
That’s me writing a Thunderer about the problems of the new Reformation, but you have to be a Times subscriber to read it. I’ll put it up at some point, but I’m not sure what the etiquette is.