Stephanie Merritt

Stephanie Merritt is a writer and novelist. She was deputy literary editor of The Observer from 1998-2005 and, as S.J.Parris, writes a bestselling series featuring the 16th-century heretic philosopher and spy, Giordano Bruno. 

Written by Stephanie Merritt

The statue dedicated to Giordano Bruno in Campo dei Fiori, Rome, where he was burned at the stake as a heretic in 1600. Filippo Monteforte/Afp/Getty

Thinkers and theories
Bruno the brave

For anyone who dares to voice dangerous ideas and risk imprisonment or exile, Giordano Bruno remains a hero

Stephanie Merritt