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Inventing the Individual by Larry Siedentop, book review: An engrossing book of ideas that redefines liberalism as a 'child of Christianity'

Towards the end of this illuminating book, Larry Siedentop describes a fourteenth century battle between two Christian monastic orders. The Dominicans and the Franciscans were mendicant orders, begging monks who had abandoned the comforts of the cloisters to preach among the poor.

Circa 880 AD, King Alfred the Great (849 - 901) with the symbols of office.

Bones of King Alfred the Great believed to have been found in a box at Winchester City Museum

To try to locate more of the royal bones, archaeologists may excavate at the site of the city's medieval Abbey where the pelvic fragment was originally found

At least three dead after police open fire on striking workers in Cambodia

Police fired AK-47 rifles after protesters blocked a road and began burning tires and throwing objects

Four depictions of elephants as they appear in religion and myth

Elephants are culturally important across the globe

Trappist beers produced by Belgium’s Orval monastery

Last orders looming for Trappist beers as Belgium's band of brotherly brewers dies off

The Orval monastery – one of only eight in the world producing certified Trappist beers – now has only 12, down from 35 a few decades ago

St Andrew's Day: Google Doodle marks Scotland's national day with fluttering Saltires

The middle part of the search engine's logo has been replaced with a Scottish scene showing a loch, a fisherman and various landmark structures

Women admitted to last single-sex undergraduate Oxford Hall after 116 years

Oxford’s last remaining single-sex hall for undergraduates is preparing to admit female students for the first time in its 116-year history, it has announced.

Invisible Ink: No 200 - Restoring Visibility

Welcome to the 200th edition of what began as a rather arcane desire to rediscover writers who were popular, influential, and successful, but who vanished from bookshelves, even in their own lifetimes. What I discovered was often more surprising than the fictions they wrote. These missing authors adopted false identities, switched genders, lost fortunes, descended into alcoholism, discovered new careers, alienated their readers, went mad, became millionaire recluses, or simply did something else. Some chose their own fates, others were simply unlucky – but their books lived on in homes and memories, were passed to children and friends, jumble sales and second-hand shops.

Of monks and men: Mount Athos, in Greece, only opens its doors to male visitors

Postcard from... Spain

Live review: Crosby, Stills & Nash, Royal Albert Hall, London

“Well, there’s only one song left to sing,” says Graham Nash as CSN reconvene on the Albert Hall stage for their encore, hours after opening with “Carry On”. The crowd, already long on its feet in acclaim, cheers even louder: it has to be “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”, the song with which they opened their debut album, and the mature phases of their respective careers, 44 years ago. It’s been, as they say, a long time gone.

Sweet deal for Yorkshire as Haribo announces new factory in Castleford

Yorkshire has a long history of manufacturing treats to feed the British sweet tooth. Jonathan Brown finds out more

British Tibetan Monk 'assassinated' in China

High-profile monk co-founded the the Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland

NoViolet Bulawayo; Colm Toibin; Eleanor Catton

Man Booker Prize for Fiction: Six different nationalities on shortlist

The six authors shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction are all of different nationalities for the first time in the prestigious literary award’s history, with Zimbabwe making its debut in the shape of NoViolet Bulawayo.

10 things you need to know about Tony Abbott, Australia's new prime minister

The prime-minister elect of Australia, Tony Abbott, a fitness nut, donned his helmet and headed out for an early cycle on the first morning after his Liberal National coalition won a majority of 30 seats in yesterday's election. Our editorial from Friday pointed out some of the new leader's other hobbies (cracking down on immigration, pooh-pooing climate change) and we've got a report on the shape his initial policy plans are taking. But what else do you need to know about the London-born Abbott?

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