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Why do people laugh at fairies?

Why do so many people laugh, almost as an unthinking reflex, as soon as fairies are mentioned? This is a question that has intrigued me since I wrote a book … Continue reading

September 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

Talking Tudor magic with Natalie Grueninger

Tudor expert Natalie Grueninger recently interviewed me for her popular podcast ‘Talking Tudors’ about magic, witchcraft and ghosts in Tudor England – a suitable topic for broadcast on Friday 13th! … Continue reading

September 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Article published: ‘Edward Kelley’s Danish treasure hoax and Elizabethan antiquarianism’

My article ‘Edward Kelley’s Danish treasure hoax and Elizabethan antiquarianism’ has just been published in Intellectual History Review. The article focusses on a single strange episode that occurred during the … Continue reading

September 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Publication of The Secret Disclosed by Margaretta Greene

My edition of Margaretta Greene’s novella The Secret Disclosed: A Legend of St Edmund’s Abbey has just been published, making this work available in print again for the first time … Continue reading

September 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Article in The Reader: ‘Readers in Ecumenical Perspective’

The Reader, the magazine for Readers in the Church of England, has just published my article ‘Readers in Ecumenical Perspective’, in which I compare and contrast the state of lay … Continue reading

August 17, 2019 · 1 Comment

Our Lady of Walsingham? The Mystery of the Langham Madonna

An article appears in today’s Catholic Herald co-authored by me and Fr Michael Rear (author of Walsingham: Pilgrims and Pilgrimage) about the mysterious Langham Madonna, a 13th-century (apparently) statue of a … Continue reading

July 25, 2019 · 1 Comment

‘Medieval Magic: Future Directions’ workshop

This afternoon I attended the ‘Medieval Magic: Future Directions’ workshop at UCL, which was organised by Dr Sophie Page and Prof. Catherine Rider, editors of The Routledge History of Medieval … Continue reading

June 26, 2019 · Leave a comment