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The cult of St Edmund, king and martyr in Australia

Australia might seem an unlikely place to find evidence for the cult of the Anglo-Saxon martyr king St Edmund, but the more time I spend investigating St Edmund’s global presence, … Continue reading

November 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

Peterborough Folklore shortlisted for Katharine Briggs Folklore Award

This evening I was privileged to attend the Folklore Society‘s annual Katharine Briggs Lecture at The Warburg Institute in central London. This is the occasion when the annual Katharine Briggs … Continue reading

November 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Talking Ambrose Rookwood on BBC Radio Suffolk

This morning I appeared on BBC Radio Suffolk (listen from 1:33:00) to speak to presenter Wayne Bavin about Ambrose Rookwood, Suffolk’s Gunpowder Plotter. I explained that Rookwood was drawn into … Continue reading

November 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Review: Sacred Britannia by Miranda Aldhouse-Green

Miranda Aldhouse-Green, Sacred Britannia: The Gods and Rituals of Roman Britain (London: Thames & Hudson, 2018), ISBN 978-0-50025-2222, £19.95, illus. If there is anything that gets me more excited than the … Continue reading

October 23, 2018 · 1 Comment

‘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