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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 · 3 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 · 1 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

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

Talking Anglican exorcism at Pembroke College, Cambridge

Today I spoke to the Theology Society at Pembroke College, Cambridge on the subject of exorcism in the Church of England, from the Middle Ages to the present day. This … Continue reading

February 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Five years of The Cambridge Book of Magic

Today marks five years since the publication of my edition and translation of Cambridge University Library MS Additional 3544, a working manual for a practising Tudor ritual magician which I … Continue reading

February 5, 2020 · Leave a comment