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The face of Abbot Bunting – the builder of St Edmundsbury Cathedral

I recently discovered that there exists a contemporary portrait of a late medieval abbot of Bury St Edmunds, William Bunting (alias Coddenham, d. 1513). The portrait has been overlooked because … Continue reading

October 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

Review: Cursed Britain by Thomas Waters

Thomas Waters, Cursed Britain: A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2019), 352pp. I have been eagerly awaiting Thomas Waters’ Cursed … Continue reading

October 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Contract signed with Four Courts Press: Athassel Priory and the Cult of St Edmund in Medieval Ireland

I am pleased to say that I have just signed a contract with Four Courts Press, Ireland’s leading academic publisher, for a book entitled Athassel Priory and the Cult of St … Continue reading

September 26, 2019 · 1 Comment

Review: Confessional Mobility and English Catholics in Counter-Reformation Europe by Liesbeth Corens

My review of Confessional Mobility and English Catholics in Counter-Reformation Europe by Liesbeth Corens has just been published in Reviews in History. The book is an important contribution to the historiography … Continue reading

September 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Contributing to Bloomsbury’s Cultural History of Magic

I have just signed a contract with Bloomsbury Publishing to contribute a chapter to a new six-volume Cultural History of Magic due to be published in 2021. I shall be … Continue reading

September 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Why do people laugh at fairies?

Why do so many people laugh, almost as an unthinking reflex, as soon as fairies are mentioned? This is a question that has intrigued me since I wrote a book … Continue reading

September 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

Talking Tudor magic with Natalie Grueninger

Tudor expert Natalie Grueninger recently interviewed me for her popular podcast ‘Talking Tudors’ about magic, witchcraft and ghosts in Tudor England – a suitable topic for broadcast on Friday 13th! … Continue reading

September 13, 2019 · Leave a comment