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The ‘curse of St Edmund’ on BBC Radio Suffolk

This morning I was once again interviewed by James Hazell on BBC Radio Suffolk for the ‘Spooky Suffolk’ segment, this time on ‘the curse of St Edmund’. On the eve … Continue reading

November 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Friday the Thirteenth on BBC Essex

This morning I spoke on BBC Radio Essex about the origins of the belief that Friday 13th is an unlucky day, as well as other ‘superstitions’, including the belief that … Continue reading

November 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Translating the Act of Remembrance into Latin

Many of the great British institutions where the use of Latin is (or was, until very recently) commonplace in worship suffered enormous loss of life in the two World Wars, … Continue reading

November 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

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 · 1 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