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Article in Transforming Ministry: ‘Readers in the Eastern Churches’

My article ‘Readers in the Eastern Churches’ has just been published in the Winter 2020 edition of Transforming Ministry, the magazine of the Church of England’s Central Readers’ Council. The … Continue reading

October 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

‘Macabre Church Lore’ for the Churches Conservation Trust

This afternoon I delivered a virtual talk for the Churches Conservation Trust on the subject of ‘Macabre Church Lore’ (you can listen to the talk here). The talk explored the … Continue reading

October 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

‘Spooky Suffolk’ on BBC Radio Suffolk

  This afternoon I was interviewed on BBC Radio Suffolk (listen from 3:17:00) as part of what will become a regular segment on ‘Spooky Suffolk’, featuring weird tales and unexplained … Continue reading

October 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Article in British Catholic History: ‘Sir Thomas Tresham and the Christian Cabala’

My article ‘Sir Thomas Tresham and the Christian Cabala’ has just been published in the journal British Catholic History.¬†While Tresham is renowned for his interest in mystical numerology (expressed in … Continue reading

October 5, 2020 · 1 Comment

Joy Rowe (1926-2020): tribute to a historian

Joy Rowe, who died on 7 September 2020 at the age of 93, was a key figure in the study of the religious history of early modern East Anglia, and … Continue reading

September 16, 2020 · 2 Comments

Review: The Penguin Book of Exorcisms edited by Joseph P. Laycock

Joseph P. Laycock (ed.) The Penguin Book of Exorcisms (London: Penguin, 2020), 313pp. The Penguin Book of Exorcisms is the latest addition to a series of readers published in the … Continue reading

September 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Publication of Yellow Glass and Other Ghost Stories

I have long contemplated bringing out a collection of antiquarian ghost stories, and it has finally come to pass with the publication of Yellow Glass and Other Ghost Stories, my … Continue reading

September 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Review: The Book in the Cathedral by Christopher de Hamel

My review of Christopher de Hamel’s book The Book in the Cathedral has just been published in this month’s Catholic Herald. This very short book advances a fascinating theory that … Continue reading

September 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Edmund: In Search of England’s Lost King out in paperback

Today is publication day for the slightly revised paperback edition of Edmund: In Search of England’s Lost King, my book about St Edmund of East Anglia and the hunt for … Continue reading

September 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Review: Anyone for Edmund? by Simon Edge

Simon Edge, Anyone for Edmund? (London: Lightning Books, 2020), 304pp. It is rare for me to review fiction on here – indeed, I don’t think I have ever done so … Continue reading

August 10, 2020 · Leave a comment