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Academic precarity in historical perspective: impoverished early modern clergy

The recent UCU strike has put academic precarity – the insecure and unsatisfactory conditions in which many academics are employed by universities – in the news, although academics have of … Continue reading

February 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Publication of Athassel Priory and the Cult of St Edmund in Medieval Ireland

Today is publication day for my new book Athassel Priory and the Cult of St Edmund in Medieval Ireland¬†with Four Courts Press. The book is simultaneously a monastic history of … Continue reading

February 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

Talking Anglican exorcism at Pembroke College, Cambridge

Today I spoke to the Theology Society at Pembroke College, Cambridge on the subject of exorcism in the Church of England, from the Middle Ages to the present day. This … Continue reading

February 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Five years of The Cambridge Book of Magic

Today marks five years since the publication of my edition and translation of Cambridge University Library MS Additional 3544, a working manual for a practising Tudor ritual magician which I … Continue reading

February 5, 2020 · Leave a comment