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Article published about the legendary origins of the Lithuanian language

My article ‘Lingua semilatina: de fabulata origine linguae Lituanicae apud auctores saeculi sexti decimi’ (‘A semi-Latin language: on the legendary origin of the Lithuanian language according to 16th-century authors’) has … Continue reading

April 27, 2020 · 2 Comments

Exploring the political complexity of Laudianism

The brand of churchmanship associated with Archbishop William Laud and his fellow bishops in the reign of Charles I has traditionally been viewed as the religious equivalent of Royalism in … Continue reading

April 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Review: Mysticism in Early Modern England by Liam Temple

My review of Mysticism in Early Modern England by Liam Temple has just appeared in British Catholic History, the journal of the Catholic Record Society. The book is a groundbreaking … Continue reading

April 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Contract signed with Arc Humanities Press: Pagans in the Early Modern Baltic

I have just signed a contract with Arc Humanities Press for a new book, Pagans in the Early Modern Baltic: Sixteenth-century Ethnographic Accounts of Baltic Paganism. The book¬†will be an … Continue reading

April 7, 2020 · 1 Comment

St Edmund, patron saint of pandemics on BBC Radio Suffolk

This morning I spoke to Mark Murphy on BBC Radio Suffolk (listen from time signature 1:53:15) about St Edmund’s role as the patron saint of pandemics, explaining the history behind … Continue reading

April 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

How Bury St Edmunds dealt with past pandemics

I learnt about the terror of the plague at a young age. I grew up not far from St Peter’s Pits on Out Risbygate and the so-called ‘plague stone’ (in … Continue reading

March 17, 2020 · 4 Comments

Review: Royal Witches by Gemma Hollman

Gemma Hollman, Royal Witches: From Joan of Navarre to Elizabeth Woodville (Cheltenham: The History Press, 2019), 320pp. I was very excited when I first heard about Gemma Hollman’s book Royal … Continue reading

March 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Publication and launch of Monasticism in Suffolk

Today is publication day for my book Monasticism in Suffolk, which is a comprehensive history and gazetteer of all past and present monastic houses in Suffolk. While Suffolk’s parish churches … Continue reading

March 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Academic precarity in historical perspective: impoverished early modern clergy

The recent UCU strike has put academic precarity – the insecure and unsatisfactory conditions in which many academics are employed by universities – in the news, although academics have of … Continue reading

February 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Publication of Athassel Priory and the Cult of St Edmund in Medieval Ireland

Today is publication day for my new book Athassel Priory and the Cult of St Edmund in Medieval Ireland¬†with Four Courts Press. The book is simultaneously a monastic history of … Continue reading

February 28, 2020 · Leave a comment