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A Latin translation of Compline according to the proposed 1928 Book of Common Prayer

Since I began broadcasting Latin services according to The Book of Common Prayer every Sunday, a couple of people have asked me about the possibility of Compline in Latin. No Church … Continue reading

May 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

‘How the ancient church of Salisbury was moved and a new one built’ by Henry d’Avranches

An extract from my verse translation of a 13th-century poem by Henry d’Avranches featured today as part of BBC Radio 4’s Sunday worship (read by actor Sir Simon Russell Beale), which … Continue reading

May 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Praying The Book of Common Prayer in Latin

Recently I have begun broadcasting a weekly Sunday service of Matins on YouTube according to the Liber Precum Publicarum, the Latin version of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. I was … Continue reading

May 1, 2020 · 8 Comments

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 · 2 Comments

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 · 6 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