As my third year special subject, ‘Power, Splendour and Diplomacy’ ends with the start of semester two, early modern court culture as a topic of public interest has garnered excitement with the opening of the ‘Charles I: King and Collector’ exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts [London] and the recent BBC documentary Charles I’s Treasures Reunited which aired on 10 February 2018.
Government in twelfth century England was a complex yet well-oiled machine. This is particularly evident in the vast revenue that the likes of Henry II and his successors, Richard I and King John, were able to amass, as well as the numerous, contemporary records of government that exist to this day.
About six years ago, I was invited to write a book for the ‘Investigating Philosophy of Religion’ series, published by Routledge. This attracted my interest because Buddhism and philosophy of religion have fascinated me for over three decades. I have taught university modules about Buddhism for many years, and felt that I had plenty to write!