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Magic in medieval Bury St Edmunds

Medieval monks are well-known for their penchant for dabbling in magic, whether that meant divination of the future by astrology, the alchemist’s search for the philosophers’ stone, studying the magical … Continue reading

December 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Exhibition Review: ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’ at the British Library

Today I visited the British Library’s major exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic. I am not a Harry Potter fan, and this exhibition particularly interested me because I am … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Edmund Weekend 2017

‘Edmund Weekend’ is a new phenomenon this year, the brainchild of ‘We Love Bury St Edmunds‘ creator James Sheen, who has persuaded businesses and other organisations in Bury St Edmunds … Continue reading

November 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Publication of Magic as a Political Crime in Medieval and Early Modern England

Today is publication day for my latest book, Magic as a Political Crime in Medieval and Early Modern England: A History of Sorcery and Treason, which is a complete history … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Contract signed: A History of Anglican Exorcism

I am very excited to announce that I have signed a contract with I. B. Tauris for the first ever history of the practice of exorcism and deliverance ministry in … Continue reading

October 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

Witchcraft and Magic at the John Clare Theatre

This afternoon I spoke at Peterborough’s John Clare Theatre on the subject of ‘Witchcraft and Magic in the Fens’, an event organised by Peterborough Archives. My talk focussed particularly on … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

Interpreting the ‘Edmund Jewel’

In December 2014 a metal detectorist stumbled upon a remarkable find somewhere in the West Suffolk village of Drinkstone; an Anglo-Saxon aestel, one of a small number of objects that … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · 1 Comment