Newly posted this week in the Inner Sanctum:

Chesterton and Chaucer: Beginning a discussion of The Canterbury Tales, Joseph Pearce considers Chesterton’s appraisal of Chaucer, in which GKC compares Chaucer favourably to Shakespeare, Milton, Bunyan and Swift. Does Joseph agree with Chesterton?

Fear and the Perilous Descent: Continuing the pilgrimage with Hilaire Belloc on the Path to Rome, we find him gripped with fear on a mountainous peak in Switzerland.

Two Winter Poems: Joseph selects two wintry poems, one by Swinburne and the other by Francis Thompson, for this week’s Poem of the Week podcast.

Literary Converts and Happy Ducks: In this week’s Ladydale Diary, focusing on life with the Pearce family, we discover the literary convert that Joseph has recently rediscovered, to his great joy, and the way in which he has given the ducks an especially happy New Year.

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