The historical reality of the present

Lamb’s 2020 book ‘Our Bodies Their Battlefield’ is grim but compelling. Ultimately, I had to put it down, lacking the courage to continue reading. Afterwards, nursing my own cowardice, I thought of Lamb. The woman who had the strength to face the detailed accounts of violence sustained by women in the course of conflict.

A healing odyssey

In ancient Greece the quest for a cure was a central driver of pilgrimage activity. At the heart of this was Asklepios, the god of healing and son of Apollo. Both shared the epithet, ‘paean’ (the healer), a reference to a healing deity which can be traced back to the much earlier Mycenaean culture and … Continue reading A healing odyssey