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Review: Michael Howard, East Anglian Witches and Wizards

As someone interested in equal parts in the history of East Anglia and the history of magic and witchcraft, I was naturally eager to read Michael Howard‘s recently published (June … Continue reading

September 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

Pagan claims against the Church of England

This week’s Church Times reported that the Odinist Fellowship, an organisation representing those who worship the Norse gods, has asked for a public apology from the Church of England for … Continue reading

August 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

What exactly is ‘fake history’? Some clarification

A while back I wrote a post for history blog The Many-Headed Monster on ‘fake news’, a phenomenon which has always been with us. ‘Fake news’, however, is primarily a … Continue reading

August 12, 2017 · 2 Comments

Divided by historiography? Anglo-Catholics and English Roman Catholics

I dislike both the terms ‘Roman Catholic’ and ‘Anglo-Catholic’. ‘Roman Catholic’, at least when said by English people, always seems to have a slight sneer to it, as if it … Continue reading

August 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Negotiating the ‘A’ word in historical writing about the Church of England

Something I’ve wanted to write about here for some time is the pitfalls of using the words ‘Anglican’ and ‘Anglicanism’ as descriptors of the established Church of England in historical … Continue reading

August 5, 2017 · 13 Comments

Catholic Record Society excursion 2017

This year, as I have for the last few years, I had the pleasure of organising and leading the annual Catholic Record Society conference excursion, which was a visit this … Continue reading

July 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Contract signed: Edmund: The Search for England’s Lost King

I am delighted to announce that I have signed a contract with I. B. Tauris for a new book about St Edmund, entitled Edmund: In Search of England’s Lost King, … Continue reading

July 25, 2017 · 1 Comment