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The Pantheon at El Escorial

Excerpted from my 2015 trip blog, and updated on June 23, 2018

Philip II may be the most famous of the kings of Spain.  His father trained him to do so, and his religious inclinations made him not just stern, but steadfast, especially in pursuing any idea he thought had the blessing from God.  921 more words

El Escorial

Paco Peña: Flamenco and the Question of National Identity in Spain

On the 1st of June 1942, the Spanish Flamenco composer and guitarist Paco Peña was born in Córdoba, Spain. Regarded as one of the world’s foremost traditional Flamenco players, Peña began his professional career very early in life. 599 more words


Dictators who gave up power?

That’s the topic of my weekend column over at RealClearHistory, thanks to an extended email with Andrei. Here’s an excerpt:

10. King Juan Carlos I. 

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El amargo fin de la ETA


En España la organización Euskadi ta Askatasuna (País Vasco y Libertad, ETA) anunció  la disolución “completa de todas sus estructuras”. Culmina así un proceso, iniciado en 1959, que se inscribió en la lucha del pueblo vasco contra la represión física, cultural y lingüística del régimen franquista. 471 more words

Feast of Georges Bernanos (July 5)

Above:  Georges Bernanos

Image in the Public Domain



French Roman Catholic Novelist


God did not create the Church to ensure the prosperity of the saints, but in order that she should transmit their memory….They lived and suffered as we do. 

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Saints Of The 1890s


We have a new review today! 1972’s Eloy de la Iglesia‘s film The Cannibal Man. A controversial film made during the Francisco Franco regime in Spain.

Civil Wars

At Home with the Civil War

Major Stonewall Jackson and his sister Laura had a disagreement, the Stonewall Jackson House guide tells us.  Laura stayed with West Virginia… 3,212 more words