THIS ISSUE’S CONTRIBUTORS
I’ve been travelling through China finding the places where some of the most important Chinese lives of the past two millennia have been lived: from the cosmopolitan conqueror Kublai Khan to feminist and radical activist Ding Ling.
Rana profiles six influential Chinese lives on page 32
In Air Force Blue, my new book describing the achievements and ethos of the wartime RAF, I argue that the air force was critical not only to Britain’s survival in the early years of the conflict, but also to its ultimate victory.
Patrick describes the RAF’s war-winning effort from 1939– 45 on page 25
In the Middle Ages, women’s bodies were seen as imperfect and leaky. However, the ecstatic practices of medieval mystics show how women transformed this misogynistic view, using their bodies to help create a hotline to God.
Hetta reveals the lengths to which mystics would go to get closer to God on page 45