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Why the millennium of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds matters

Today the Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership formally launched the 2020 celebrations of the millennium of St Edmunds Abbey in St Edmundsbury Cathedral, an event which I was sadly … Continue reading

November 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Suffolk Fairylore shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award

This evening I went to London’s Warburg Institute for a meeting of the Folklore Society where the winners of the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award were announced. My book Suffolk Fairylore was … Continue reading

October 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

‘Holy and Unholy Suffolk’ at the Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival

  This afternoon I spoke at the third Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival (at Bury’s Unitarian Meeting House) on the theme of ‘Holy and Unholy Suffolk: Adventures in Suffolk’s History … Continue reading

October 26, 2019 · 1 Comment

The destruction of the Pachamama statues and the history of Catholic iconoclasm

In the early hours of Monday 21 October two individuals removed the controversial ‘Pachamama’ statues that played a part in the opening of Pope Francis’ Amazon Synod from the church … Continue reading

October 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Review: Households of God, edited by Martin Browne and Colmán Ó Clabaigh

Martin Browne and Colmán Ó Clabaigh (eds), Households of God: The Regular Canons and Canonesses of St Augustine and of Prémontré in Ireland (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2019), 320pp. The … Continue reading

October 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

The face of Abbot Bunting – the builder of St Edmundsbury Cathedral

I recently discovered that there exists a contemporary portrait of a late medieval abbot of Bury St Edmunds, William Bunting (alias Coddenham, d. 1513). The portrait has been overlooked because … Continue reading

October 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

Review: Cursed Britain by Thomas Waters

Thomas Waters, Cursed Britain: A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2019), 352pp. I have been eagerly awaiting Thomas Waters’ Cursed … Continue reading

October 5, 2019 · Leave a comment