Mary Queen of Scots… Robert Southwell

    Tudor England in the late 1580s was jittery with fears of a Catholic revival. Sir Francis Walsingham, the spymaster extraordinaire at the court of Queen Elizabeth I, presided over a  le Carré-like world of political double-dealing and “spiery” (as the Elizabethans called it). Moles were planted in Catholic seminaries abroad while England’s island diplomacy created a looking-glass war …

LASDUN ARCHITECT & SON

      Fifteen years ago, the British-born writer James Lasdun was sent a series of email messages by a star pupil of his in a New York creative writing “workshop”. Nasreen, an attractive woman of Iranian descent, radiates sexual allure and flirtatiousness. Before long, her emails contain disturbing personal disclosures; they accuse Lasdun of literary plagiarism, as well as, …