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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

A forgotten portrait of the man who gave us the greengage

I was recently able to confirm the identity of the sitter in a hitherto forgotten portrait of Sir William Gage, 2nd Baronet of Hengrave Hall (c. 1650-1727), which was painted … Continue reading

January 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Demonology at the Defence Academy of the UK

Yesterday evening I spoke on the theme ‘Demonological traditions and warfare in medieval and early modern Europe’ at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, which is part of the … Continue reading

December 11, 2019 · 2 Comments

St Edmund: a Christmas saint

It might seem strange to associate a saint whose feast day falls even before the start of Advent with Christmas, and yet in the Middle Ages St Edmund was strongly … Continue reading

November 20, 2019 · 1 Comment

Peter John Payne 1924-2019

Today I delivered the address at the funeral of my relative Peter Payne, who died aged 95 on 28 October. Peter was one of the leading computer scientists of the … Continue reading

November 18, 2019 · 2 Comments

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