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Bring on the crooners

Sebastian Balfour, 6 June 1996

Juan Carlos of Spain: Self-Made Monarch 
by Charles Powell.
Macmillan, 253 pp., £13.99, January 1996, 9780333649299
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The Government and Politics of Spain 
by Paul Heywood.
Macmillan, 331 pp., £42.50, November 1995, 0 333 52058 0
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... organised to influence political life in the new democracy. This new democracy is the subject of Paul Heywood’s book, The Government and Politics of Spain. For all its constitutional imprecision and democratic deficits, Spain’s new political system is a triumph of consensus and creative ambiguity, as ...

Lecherous Goates

Tobias Gregory: John Donne, 20 October 2016

John Donne 
edited by Janel Mueller.
Oxford, 606 pp., £95, July 2015, 978 0 19 959656 0
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... which is the true church? The image of the church as Christ’s spouse is as old as Christianity. Paul used it in his letter to the Ephesians, in telling wives to submit to their husbands and husbands to love their wives. Like ‘Satire III’, ‘Show me, dear Christ’ avoids declaring which church is the true one. It raises possibilities, then concludes by ...

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