Life & Death in the Susa Valley

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Ada Prospero was sixteen when she became engaged to Piero Gobetti, the rising young star of the intellectual anti-Fascist movement in post-First World War Turin. Together they embarked on defying Mussolini and his Blackshirts. She was twenty-three when, in 1926, Gobetti died of a heart attack perhaps brought on by the injuries he had received […]

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Searching for the Stainless Maid

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Today the golden figure of Joan of Arc, astride a horse, banner raised to the heavens, dominates the Place des Pyramides in Paris. Yet the girl who became a saint in 1920 had died a cruel death almost five hundred years earlier, burned at the stake by the English at Rouen in 1431 at the […]

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Ladies First

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In one of his more speculative essays, the Greek biographer Plutarch analysed the sources for the legendary Athenian hero Theseus. ‘My ambition’, he informed a Roman friend, ‘is to make sense of the fabulous and oblige it to submit to reason, so that it can then take on the form of history.’ Much in the […]

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