Michel de Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne, the man often-credited with developing the essay format, was born on Feb 28, 1533 in the Aquitaine region of France. With The Mantle's own preference for publishing essays by up-and-coming writers, we owe the French Renaissance philosopher a bit of gratitude for popularizing the format.

Vishwas R. Gaitonde
Noah SchouelaCédrick Mulcair

What follows is the introduction for The Treatise of the Three Impostors, which The Mantle published in 2015. Those familiar with Three Impostors recognize it as an Enlightenment-era indictment against the foundations of three major religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. That's only half the story.

Bridey Heing
Mehmet Çakıroğlu

Shaun Randol

Bruce Southworth

Student. Lawyer. Activist. Revolutionary. Freedom fighter (or was it terrorist?). Prisoner. President. World leader. Husband. Father. Grandfather. Family man. As Nelson Mandela nears the end of a very full life, Bruce Southworth offers this reflection on the man of history.  

Shaun Randol

Three Femen activists were sentenced to four months in jail for a topless protest in Tunisia. The action was held in support of fellow jailed activist Amina Tyler. 

Mehmet Çakıroğlu

It must have been slightly surprising for many Western countries to see Turkey in the headlines in the last couple of weeks for the widespread protests that have been affecting the country. At first sight it might look a bit like the revolts that touched off the Arab Spring, but fundamentally, it is a completely different story. Turkey has a long democratic tradition, and has cherished it for many years. So, what made people (including myself) so furious in the past fortnight?