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Hilaire Belloc

Hilaire Belloc and His World

The new issue of the St. Austin Review is winging its way to the printers. The theme of the November/December issue is “Belloc and His World”. Highlights include:

James V. Schall “On Appreciating Belloc”.

Joshua Keatley is “Gaily Singing in the Dark” as he contemplates “Belloc on Desire and Mortality”.

Donna Ellington enjoys “Autumn Fields, English Inns and Divine Thirst in Belloc’s ‘At the Sign of the Lion’”.

Hugh O’Donnell admires “Hilaire Belloc and the Virtue of Catholic Thought”.

Tod Worner “On Pilgrimage and Sacramentality in Hilaire Belloc’s The Four Men”.

Joseph Pearce plods “In the Footsteps of the English Martyrs” as he reports on this year’s pilgrimage to Catholic England.

Joseph Pearce pays tribute to the late Jef Murray in the full colour art feature.

William Fahey is “Remembering the Reality of Runnymede: Hilaire Belloc, the Magna Carta and the Problem of Parliament”.

“Are We Not Men?” asks Steve Terenzio as he surveys “The Old New World of H. G. Wells”.

Kevin O’Brien finds “Solid Satisfaction” in Hilaire Belloc.

Fr. Benedict Kiely joins Belloc for “An English Village Christmas”.

Donald DeMarco rejoices as “The Messiah Comes to Macy’s”.

Susan Treacy compares “Two Musical Settings of Belloc’s Poem, ‘Ha’nacker Mill’”.

James Bemis praises Andrei Rublev.

Kieran Driver reviews Chesterton and the Jews (Farmer).

Nathan Allen reviews The Essential Belloc (McCloskey, Bloch and Robertson, eds.).

Thomas Martin reviews Remembering Belloc (Schall).

Frank Pate reviews The Dark Night of the Body: Why Reverence Comes First in Intimate Relations (von Hildebrand).

Robert Merchant reviews Jogging with Chesterton (Moore-Jumonville).

New Poetry by Philip Kolin, Pavel Chichikov, Debra Stellato and Sean Kinsella.

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History As If Truth Mattered – Announcing the New Issue of StAR

History As If Truth Mattered – Announcing the New Issue of StAR

The September/October issue of the St. Austin Review is winging its way to the printers. This issue’s theme is “History as if Truth Mattered”.


Joseph Pearce complains that everyone expects the Spanish Inquisition.

Catherine Brown Tkacz discovers “Deaconesses: The True Story”.

Vincent Ryan is “Understanding the Motives of the First Crusaders”.

Brendan J. McGuire surveys “The Crusaders and the Modern World”, seeing “Ironies and Interpretations”.

William Fahey defends St. Thomas More from “The Tortured Imagination of Dame Hilary Mantel”.

Ken Clark admires Hans Holbein’s portrait of Thomas More.

Andrew Lomas notes “The Form and Spirit of Péguy’s French Revolution”.

  1. J. Kearney revisits “Cardinal Newman and the Scandalous Friar”.

John Beaumont examines “Historians Converting for the Truth”, especially “The Example of Warren Carroll”.

Donald DeMarco berates “The Crucifixion of Truth” in modernity’s treatment of Pius XII.

Kevin O’Brien sees “History as Revelation”.

Fr. Benedict Kiely gives a first-hand eye-witness account of the plight of Christians in Iraq.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker focuses on “The Inklings in America”.

James Bemis enthuses over the movie, Rome: Open City.

Carl R. Hasler reviews The Foundations of Western Monasticism.

Joseph J. Reidy reviews Faith, the Fount of Exegesis: The Interpretation of Scripture in Light of the History of Research on the Old Testament.

Melvin S. Arrington, Jr. reviews St. Peter’s Bones: How the Relics of the First Pope were Lost and Found.

Tod Worner reviews Catholic Literary Giants.

Plus new poetry by Jacob Riyeff, Ann Applegarth and James Matthew Wilson.

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Jef Murray: Rest in Peace

Last night I received the devastating news of the death yesterday, from a heart attack, of Jef Murray, my good friend and StAR‘s long-serving artist-in-residence. Jef and his novelist wife Lorraine were very good friends, with whom we have spent many Easters and Thanksgivings and whom our children know as Mr. Jef and Miss Lorraine.

Jef will be known to all readers of StAR as the artist-in-residence who designed the theme-logo for each issue and whose own art often illustrated our pages. He is best known as an artist whose Muse was inspired by the worlds of Narnia and Middle-earth but he was also a very gifted writer, whose short stories exhibited the vividness of a mind alive to the wonders of Creation. He was also a gifted singer, whose elvish incantations enriched the Tolkien specials for EWTN on which he and I collaborated.

Please remember Jef in your prayers, though I can’t help but believe that he has less need of ours as we do of his.

Until we are all reunited in our true Home on the other side of this veil of tears, we will remain in spiritual communion with you, dear friend.