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Suffolk Fairylore was published by Lasse Press in November 2018.

A History of Anglican Exorcism: Deliverance and Demonology in Church Ritual was published by I. B. Tauris in June 2018.

Edmund: In Search of England’s Lost King was published by I. B. Tauris in April 2018.

Magic as a Political Crime in Medieval and Early Modern England: A History of Sorcery and Treason was published by I. B. Tauris in October 2017.

Peterborough Folklore was published by Lasse Press in September 2017.


The Abbey of Bury St Edmunds: History, Legacy and Discovery was published by Lasse Press in September 2016.

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Catholic East Anglia: A History of the Catholic Faith in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough was published by Gracewing in June 2016.

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A History of Exorcism in Catholic Christianity was published by Palgrave MacMillan in May 2016. An Italian translation entitled Possessione: esorcismo ed esorcisti nella storia della Chiesa cattolica was published by Carocci in September 2018.


Rookwood Family Papers, 1606-1761 was published by Boydell & Brewer for the Suffolk Records Society in May 2016.

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The Gages of Hengrave and Suffolk Catholicism, 1640- 1767 was published by Boydell & Brewer  for the Catholic Record Society in June 2015, as part of the CRS’s Monograph Series.

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Inferior Office? A History of Deacons in the Church of England was published by James Clarke & Co. in May 2015.

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English Catholics and the Supernatural, 1553-1829 was published by Ashgate in February 2013.


Shorter books/pamphlets

Where is St Edmund? The search for East Anglia’s martyr king (Ely: East Anglian Catholic History Centre, 2014) [Out of print]

Witches and Witchcraft in Ely: a history (Ely, 2013) [Out of print]

A History of the Bishop’s Palace at Ely: Prelates and Prisoners (Ely: The Ely Society, 2012)


‘The Cult of St Edmund, King and Martyr in Medieval Ireland’, Downside Review 136 (2018), pp. 223-238

‘St Edmund the Viking Saint’, History Today 68:9 (September 2018), pp. 18-20

‘Biblical reference indexing: the challenges’, The Indexer 36:1 (March 2018), pp. 14-15

‘The joy – and importance – of the analytical index’, The Indexer 35:2 (June 2017), pp. 76-77

‘Bishop William Poynter and Exorcism in Regency England’, British Catholic History 33:2 (2016), pp. 278-97

‘1866 And All That: the origins of Reader Ministry in the Church of England’, The Reader 115:2 (Summer 2016), pp. 12-13

‘Portrayals of St Edmund, King & Martyr, after the Reformation’, Douai Magazine 177 (2015), pp. 62-80

‘Early Modern English Catholic Piety in a Fifteenth-Century Book of Hours: Cambridge University Library MS Additional 10079’, Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 15:4 (2015) pp. 541-59

‘Papists and Non-jurors in the Isle of Ely, 1559–1745’, Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society 104 (2015) pp. 161–70

‘The Catholic Prisoners in Wisbech Castle, 1581-1616’, Wisbech Society Annual Review 76 (2015), pp. 19-26

‘St Edmund, King and Martyr in Popular Memory since the Reformation’, Folklore 126 (2015) pp. 159-176

‘From Ely to Venice: the life of William Maurus Taylor OSB (b. 1576)’, Downside Review 133 (2015) pp. 152–175

‘The Bishop’s Palace at Ely as a Prison for Recusants, 1577-1597’, Recusant History 32 (2014) pp. 195-220

‘The Dangers of Spiritualism: The Roman Catholic Church’s Campaign against Spiritualism during and after the First World War’, Paranormal Review 71 (2014), pp. 18-20

‘A Philosophical Defence of Monarchy’, Philosophy at Cambridge 11 (May 2014), pp. 7-8

‘Elizabeth Inchbald’s “Catholic Novel” and its Local Background’, Recusant History 31 (2013), pp. 573-592

‘The Tasburghs of Flixton and Catholicism in Northeast Suffolk, 1642-1767’, Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History 42 (2012), pp. 455-470

‘How did Catholic families survive and flourish under the Penal Laws?’, Catholic Ancestor 14:3 (2012), pp. 105-120

‘The Tasburghs of Bodney: Catholicism and Politics in South Norfolk’, Norfolk Archaeology 46 (2011), pp. 190-198

‘Catholic Exorcism in Early Modern England: Polemic, Propaganda and Folklore’, Recusant History 29 (2009), pp. 487-507

‘The Shorts of Bury St. Edmunds: Medicine, Catholicism and Politics in the Seventeenth Century’, Journal of Medical Biography 16 (2008), pp. 188-194

‘John Battely’s Antiquitates S. Edmundi Burgi and its Editors’, Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History 41 (2008), pp. 467-479

‘“An Horrid Popish Plot”: The Failure of Catholic Aspirations in Bury St. Edmunds, 1685-88’, Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History 41 (2006), pp. 209-255

‘Mother Mary More and the Exile of the Augustinian Canonesses of Bruges in England: 1794-1802’, Recusant History 27 (2004), pp. 86-102

Chapters in books

‘East Anglian Catholics in the Eighteenth Century, 1688-1829’ in Francis Young (ed.), Catholic East Anglia: a history of the Catholic faith in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (Leominster: Gracewing, 2016), pp. 93-122

‘Norwich’s Catholic Chapels’ in Nicholas Groves (ed.), Of Churches, Toothache and Sheep: selected papers from the Norwich Historic Churches Trust Conferences, 2014 and 2015 (Norwich: Lasse Press, 2016), pp. 49-60

‘The Catholic Faith in East Anglia: A Brief History’ in Diocese of East Anglia: Year Book & Liturgical Calendar 2016 (Norwich: Diocese of East Anglia, 2016), pp. 81-85

Translations and editions

James, M. H., Bogie Tales of East Anglia: a Victorian folklore collection (Peterborough: St Jurmin Press, 2019)

A Medieval Book of Magical Stones: The Peterborough Lapidary (Cambridge: Texts in Early Modern Magic, 2016)

Foreman, P., The Cambridge Book of Magic: a Tudor necromancer’s manual (Cambridge: Texts in Early Modern Magic, 2015)

4 comments on “Publications

  1. pauline
    October 1, 2014

    This is something of a long shot but i was just reading your book on witches & witchcraft in Ely and noticed you mentioned a Mrs gotobed (1855) i don’t suppose you know her first name do you just that my mum was a Gotobed by birth & i was tracing the family tree & as you can appreciate there are a lot of Gotobeds around the fens
    many thanks for reading Pauline willcox

    • Francis Young
      October 2, 2014

      Dear Pauline,

      I’m afraid I don’t know her first name, but I believe there may be more details in a book on Ely Inns, which says that the house in question was where the Royal Standard now is on Forehill. As you say, Gotobed was an extremely common name in Ely.

      Thanks for your interest,


  2. helena van satur
    March 14, 2017

    May I ask,do you ever give talks/lectures (witchcraft or gem related) in Cambridge or Royston? I will try to attend the Treadwells event,im disabled and dont drive,i was curious to know if there will be any future events closer to Cambs? Many thanks, Helena Van Satur

    • jacobite
      March 24, 2017

      Many thanks for your interest. I’d love to do more talks but I’m a bit restricted at the moment in what I can do owing to childcare issues. Any forthcoming talks will be listed on my blog. I may be doing something on Peterborough folklore in Peterborough in October.

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