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Alan Strathern
Historian, University of Oxford

Alan Strathern is a university lecturer and tutorial fellow in modern history at Brasenose College, and a lecturer at St John’s College, both at the University of Oxford. He is the author of Kingship and Conversion in Sixteenth-Century Sri Lanka: Portuguese Imperialism in a Buddhist Land (2007).

Written by Alan Strathern

Essay/
History
The last sacred kings

The veneration which surrounds the world’s last sacred kings shows how secular most of political life has become

Alan Strathern