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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). He is also a professional indexer and editor.
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. His book Peterborough Folklore was shortlisted for the 2018 Katharine Briggs Folklore Award.
This site features updates on Francis’s publications, speaking engagements and occasional reviews and other articles.