Redemption and why it pays to compromise

When leaders misjudge the mood of the public, repentance can help, and so can pilgrimage. July 12th, 1174, and the crowds have gathered to watch a spectacle. The King is dressed in sackcloth and is making his barefooted way from St Dunstan’s Church through Canterbury, to the crypt of St Thomas Becket. Here he is … Continue reading Redemption and why it pays to compromise

The Future is Another Country

In the 900 years or so since Peter the Hermit incited thousands of paupers from across Europe to join the First Crusade to ‘take back control’ of Jerusalem, historians have speculated about what provoked so many poor men and women to risk everything on the back of rousing religious rhetoric which promised so much (although notably not … Continue reading The Future is Another Country