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Review: The Book in the Cathedral by Christopher de Hamel

My review of Christopher de Hamel’s book The Book in the Cathedral has just been published in this month’s Catholic Herald. This very short book advances a fascinating theory that … Continue reading

September 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Edmund: In Search of England’s Lost King out in paperback

Today is publication day for the slightly revised paperback edition of Edmund: In Search of England’s Lost King, my book about St Edmund of East Anglia and the hunt for … Continue reading

September 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Review: Anyone for Edmund? by Simon Edge

Simon Edge, Anyone for Edmund? (London: Lightning Books, 2020), 304pp. It is rare for me to review fiction on here – indeed, I don’t think I have ever done so … Continue reading

August 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Review: The History of Magic by Chris Gosden

Chris Gosden, The History of Magic: From Alchemy to Witchcraft, from the Ice Age to the Present (London: Viking/Penguin, 2020), 482pp.  To describe Chris Gosden’s History of Magic as ambitious … Continue reading

July 18, 2020 · 2 Comments

Contract signed with Routledge: English Catholicism, 1558–1642 (Second Edition) by Alan Dures and Francis Young

Published in 1983, Alan Dures’s textbook for A Level and undergraduate students English Catholicism, 1558-1642, is something of a minor classic; long out of print, it remains the only textbook … Continue reading

July 14, 2020 · 3 Comments

The face of Abbot Curteys – in glass from St Edmunds Abbey?

As reported recently by Bury St Edmunds and Beyond, I have been working with a stained glass expert, Martin Harrison, to identify some fragments in a window on the south … Continue reading

July 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Article in History Ireland: ‘St Edmund: Patron Saint of Ireland?’

The July and August 2020 edition of Ireland’s history magazine, History Ireland, features my article ‘St Edmund: Patron Saint of Ireland?’, which outlines the almost incredible story of English attempts to … Continue reading

July 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

Article published: ‘St Edmund versus St Francis? Saints and Religious Conflict in Medieval Bury St Edmunds’

My article ‘St Edmund versus St Francis? Saints and Religious Conflict in Medieval Bury St Edmunds’ has just been published in the journal Downside Review. The article focusses on a … Continue reading

June 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Lithuania and Britain: an entwined history

Although Lithuania and Britain are over 1600 km apart, the two have a surprisingly rich history of contact that long pre-dates the settlement of over 100,000 Lithuanians in Britain (as … Continue reading

June 17, 2020 · 2 Comments

Talking history and commemoration on BBC Radio Suffolk

This afternoon I spoke on BBC Radio Suffolk about issues connected with history and commemoration in the wake of the destruction of a statue of slave trader Edward Colston in … Continue reading

June 8, 2020 · Leave a comment