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Magic as Treason at Conway Hall

Yesterday evening I spoke to the London Fortean Society at Conway Hall in Bloomsbury on the subject of ‘Magic as Treason’, focussing on supposed attempts to harm and kill English … Continue reading

February 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Review: Magic in the Modern World

My review of Magic in the Modern World: Strategies of Repression and Legitimisation (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2017), edited by Edward Bever and Randall Styers, has just been published over … Continue reading

January 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Magic and warfare at the Defence Academy of the UK

Yesterday evening I delivered a talk entitled ‘Magic in medieval warfare’ at one of the more unusual venues where I have been invited to speak – the Joint Services Command … Continue reading

January 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Obituary: Cambridge University Library’s Newton Catalogue, 1999-2017

The end of December will see Cambridge University Library‘s Newton Catalogue, which has been the library’s online catalogue search system since 1999, finally go offline, to be replaced completely by … Continue reading

December 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

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