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‘Exorcising’ Kavanaugh: magic and politics in the contemporary USA

One of the weirder features of the current political turmoil in the United States is the emergence of magic (and now counter-magic) in political discourse. Attempts to use magic to … Continue reading

October 21, 2018 · 3 Comments

Peterborough Folklore at Peterborough Museum

This afternoon I spoke to the Friends of Peterborough Museum¬†about the folklore of Peterborough and its surrounding region, the subject of one of my recent books. I have given a … Continue reading

October 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Talking saints and celebrities on BBC Radio Suffolk

This morning I was interviewed on BBC Radio Suffolk‘s Lesley Dolphin Show about the similarities and differences between contemporary celebrity culture and the medieval cult of saints. I compared pilgrimages … Continue reading

September 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Legends of Peterborough Saints at the John Clare Theatre

This afternoon I delivered a lecture on behalf of Peterborough Archives at the John Clare Theatre on the subject of ‘Legends of Peterborough Saints’, based on my book Peterborough Folkore. … Continue reading

September 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Visit to Wisbech Castle

This afternoon, thanks to Heritage Open Days and Wisbech Town Council, I had the opportunity to pay my first visit to Wisbech Castle, which is arguably the single most important … Continue reading

September 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

Publication of Possessione, the Italian translation of A History of Exorcism in Catholic Christianity

  Today sees the publication of Possessione:¬†Esorcismo ed esorcisti nella storia della Chiesa cattolica by the Italian publisher Carocci, which is the Italian translation of my 2016 book A History … Continue reading

September 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Review: Contested Reformations in the University of Cambridge, 1535-1584 by Ceri Law

My review of Ceri Law‘s new book Contested Reformations in the University of Cambridge has just been published on the Institute of Historical Research’s Reviews in History website. This is … Continue reading

September 6, 2018 · Leave a comment