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About Dr Francis Young


Francis Young is a historian and editor, the author or translator of over a dozen books in the fields of church history, folklore, cultural history and the history of East Anglia. A native of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, he first acquired his passion for revisionist historiographies of the Reformation at Culford School and then read Philosophy at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He later obtained a degree in Classics from University of Wales, Lampeter and a doctorate in History from Cambridge University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and was Volumes Editor for the Catholic Record Society between 2015 and 2017. For many years Head of Sixth Form at an English cathedral school, he is now a freelance author and editor and a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

Francis Young is the Secretary of the East Anglian Catholic History Society.

Pope with CEA

Pope Francis receiving a copy of Francis Young’s history of the Diocese of East Anglia from the Bishop of East Anglia, Alan Hopes in June 2016

This site features updates on his publications, speaking engagements and occasional reviews and other articles.

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Twitter: @SuffolkRecusant

12 comments on “About Dr Francis Young

  1. asakgage
    February 22, 2013

    I would be greatly interested in exchanging information on the Gages of Hengrave. I’ve been researching my English kin for years and have an extensive genealogy of the Firle, Hengrave, Haling, Raunds and Rathlin Gages, including many wills. I recently tried to get permission for a photographer to shoot the monuments and inscriptions at Hengrave Church, but the owners never responded to the request. Is there anything about this family I could help you with? Asa Gage –

  2. joemasonspage
    March 23, 2016

    I though you might be interested in my blog on your old school, although it dates from well before your time. I have a great interest in St Edmund, but maybe that can wait.

    Joe Mason

  3. Phillip W Hoy
    June 28, 2017

    Keep up the good work Mate!
    Historians on Twitter show these magnificent buildings of an era before ISIS like protestantism despoiled beauty. England is the poorer and Australia, where I live shared the consequence ! Keep it Up !!!

  4. joerayportland
    August 8, 2017

    I attended the re-dedication of the 7th century church dedicated to St. Sid (?) in Essex County in 1993.

  5. Nicholas Best
    September 9, 2017

    As a fellow author (see website), I’m looking forward to your talk at the Bishop’s Palace today.

  6. Darren Clarke
    November 7, 2017

    Good Morning Francis, I’m so sad that I missed the chance to see you at Bury this week as the talk is sold out (and rightly so). You are cordially invited to the tenth St Edmund dinner at Ipswich the previous evening if you are free, and perhaps I could share with you my own research on the warrior King. If not please take a look at our wreath at the statue on the Saint’s Day. Sadly it’s been the only one placed there annually over the last decade. Regards, Darren (

  7. Rod Read
    November 15, 2017

    Do you have any copies of your book on Ely witches, to buy? I am on Rod Read or 01353778151

    • jacobite
      November 17, 2017

      I’m really sorry but the Ely witches book is now out of print – although some day I may revisit it and bring out an expanded edition. I know there is a copy to borrow in Ely public library

  8. CH
    November 19, 2017

    Fascinating Edmund lecture at Moyse’s Hall this evening and looking forward to reading Edmund, England’s Lost King next year.

    • jacobite
      November 21, 2017

      Many thanks! Thank you for coming, and I’m glad you enjoyed it

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  10. Dr E A Warman
    February 5, 2018

    The Friends of Peterborough Museum would be interested in you giving a talk at one of their lunch time lectures this October 18th

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