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Talking St Edmund on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Making History’

My research on the last resting place of St Edmund featured in this week’s episode of BBC Radio 4’s history programme ‘Making History’, presented by Tom Holland (listen from time … Continue reading

July 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Review: Hikey Sprites: The Twilight of a Norfolk Tradition by Ray Loveday

E. Ray Loveday, Hikey Sprites: The Twilight of a Norfolk Tradition, 2nd edn (Norwich: privately published, 2014), 48pp., illus. Ray Loveday’s Hikey Sprites is a truly remarkable piece of contemporary … Continue reading

July 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

Publication of A History of Anglican Exorcism

Today is publication day for my new book A History of Anglican Exorcism: Deliverance and Demonology in Church Ritual. The book is the first to tell the story of exorcism … Continue reading

June 29, 2018 · 1 Comment

East Anglian Catholic History Society AGM 2018

Today the East Anglian Catholic History Society (the diocesan historical society of the Diocese of East Anglia) held its third Annual General Meeting in the chapel of Oxburgh Hall, by … Continue reading

June 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Talking St Edmund on the Lesley Dolphin Show

This afternoon I appeared as a guest on BBC Radio Suffolk‘s Lesley Dolphin Show¬†(listen from 32:18), speaking about my new book Edmund: In Search of England’s Lost King. We discussed … Continue reading

May 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Review: Magical Folk, edited by Simon Young and Ceri Houlbrook

Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies, 500 AD to the Present. Edited by Simon Young and Ceri Houlbrook. London: Gibson Square, 2018. 256 pp. Illus. ¬£16.99 (hbk). ISBN 978-1-78334-101-6 Magical … Continue reading

May 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

#MagicResistance and serendipitously elliptical research

One of the wonderful things that sometimes happens when you are writing history is that something will come along that suddenly makes the rather recondite subject matter of your books … Continue reading

May 12, 2018 · 3 Comments