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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

Contract signed with Cambridge University Press: Witchcraft and the Modern Roman Catholic Church

I have just signed a contract with Cambridge University Press to write a book for the press’s new Elements Series, entitled Witchcraft and the Modern Roman Catholic Church. Witchcraft is … Continue reading

June 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Lecture on Monastic Bury St Edmunds

Today was to have been the culmination of celebrations of the millennium of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds. Monks and nuns of the English Benedictine Congregation would have processed … Continue reading

May 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

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