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About Dr Francis Young

 

Francis Young is an English historian and folklorist specialising in the history of religion and supernatural belief. He is the author of 12 books. His interests include the history of magic and ritual (especially exorcism), early modern Catholicism, monastic history, folklore, hagiography and the history of East Anglia (Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire). Francis was born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and studied Philosophy at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and Classics at University of Wales, Lampeter before receiving his 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. He spent several years as Head of Sixth Form at an English cathedral school and now writes full-time. His book Peterborough Folklore was shortlisted for the 2018 Katharine Briggs Folklore Award. Francis is 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 Francis’s publications, speaking engagements and occasional reviews and other articles.

f.k.young.99 {at} cantab.net

Twitter: @DrFrancisYoung

15 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 – asakgage@gmail.com

  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.

    https://joemasonspage.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/culford/

    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 (darrenstedm@gmail.com)

  7. Rod Read
    November 15, 2017

    Do you have any copies of your book on Ely witches, to buy? I am on oldfentiger@hotmail.co.uk 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

  11. Stephen
    September 16, 2018

    While I am an Anglican priest, I am interested more in the history of exorcism throughout history and it’s development. Apart from the descriptions on amazon and on the jacket, how much of this full history throughout Christianity is covered in the Anglican Exorcism book (“…The author explains…, while also setting his subject against the canvas of the wider history of ideas.”). Would I be better served purchasing your “History of Exorcism in Catholic Christianity?” Thank you in advance for your thoughtful reply!

    • jacobite
      September 17, 2018

      If you’re interested in exorcism in general, my earlier book might be the better bet as the latest book is quite focussed on the Church of England. The earlier book covers the entire history of exorcism in the RC Church from the beginning of the 4th century to the present day. If you’re interested in Christian exorcism before the 4th century, Graham Twelftree would be a good place to start (or Andrea Nicolotti if you read Italian)

  12. Lesley Evans
    October 20, 2018

    I am the Speaker Finder for a U3A History Group. Please may I have contact details to make inquiries about availability for our 2020 Programme? Kind regards.

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