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Suffolk Fairylore shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award

This evening I went to London’s Warburg Institute for a meeting of the Folklore Society where the winners of the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award were announced. My book Suffolk Fairylore was … Continue reading

October 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

‘Holy and Unholy Suffolk’ at the Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival

  This afternoon I spoke at the third Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival (at Bury’s Unitarian Meeting House) on the theme of ‘Holy and Unholy Suffolk: Adventures in Suffolk’s History … Continue reading

October 26, 2019 · 1 Comment

The destruction of the Pachamama statues and the history of Catholic iconoclasm

In the early hours of Monday 21 October two individuals removed the controversial ‘Pachamama’ statues that played a part in the opening of Pope Francis’ Amazon Synod from the church … Continue reading

October 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Review: Households of God, edited by Martin Browne and Colmán Ó Clabaigh

Martin Browne and Colmán Ó Clabaigh (eds), Households of God: The Regular Canons and Canonesses of St Augustine and of Prémontré in Ireland (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2019), 320pp. The … Continue reading

October 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

The face of Abbot Bunting – the builder of St Edmundsbury Cathedral

I recently discovered that there exists a contemporary portrait of a late medieval abbot of Bury St Edmunds, William Bunting (alias Coddenham, d. 1513). The portrait has been overlooked because … Continue reading

October 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

Review: Cursed Britain by Thomas Waters

Thomas Waters, Cursed Britain: A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2019), 352pp. I have been eagerly awaiting Thomas Waters’ Cursed … Continue reading

October 5, 2019 · Leave a comment