Chronicles Magazine History

Libertarian Humbuggery

At the heart of the Christmas story is the lowly birth of Christ, surrounded by beasts of the field and honored by Magi bearing gifts. But consider how differently the Christmas narrative might have unfolded if ancient Judea had been organized...

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    Piltdown Man

    Scientific confidence in Piltdown depended in large measure on Charles Dawson’s profound confidence in himself, and on his untiring promotion of a whole series of stunning archeological finds that followed in quick succession from his original...

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  • REVIEWS

    A Giant Maligned

    The “Great Men” of history were mostly mad or bad, and often both. To be driven by pride, vanity, and ruthless ambition is common and unremarkable. That drive is not sufficient to leave a lasting mark on the affairs of mankind, of course, but...

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    An Epic Bogosity

    The standard histories of English literature give Edmund Spenser top-drawer ranking with Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton, and there is no denying the power of his idiosyncratic style at its best or his appeal to other poets with epic ambitions. ...

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