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Review: The Cult of St Edmund in Medieval East Anglia by Rebecca Pinner

My review of The Cult of St Edmund in Medieval East Anglia by Rebecca Pinner has just been published in Folklore, the journal of the Folklore Society. Pinner’s authoritative study … Continue reading

November 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

New Catholic Record Society volume: Mannock Strickland

I am delighted to announce that this year’s Catholic Record Society volume, Richard Williams’s edition of the papers of Mannock Strickland (1683-1744): Agent to English Convents in Flanders is published … Continue reading

November 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

‘Fear in the Fens’ Film Festival

This morning I was the first of three speakers at the Fear in the Fens Film Festival in Downham Market, introducing the classic 1968 horror film Witchfinder General, which was … Continue reading

November 5, 2016 · 4 Comments

Remember, remember the 23rd of June: Brexit threatens Catholicism in the UK

In March 1603 the future gunpowder plotter Robert Catesby told the Jesuit Henry Garnet ‘That the king had broken promise with the Catholics, and therefore assuredly there would be stirs … Continue reading

November 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Witchcraft on BBC Radio Norfolk

This afternoon I was interviewed by Stephen Bumfrey on BBC Radio Norfolk (scroll to time signature 3.11.06), alongside Chris Lewis and Gavin Baddeley about my forthcoming talk at the ‘Fear … Continue reading

October 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

Publication of A Medieval Book of Magical Stones: The Peterborough Lapidary

The Peterborough Lapidary is a late fifteenth-century treatise in Middle English on the occult properties of stones and minerals that was preserved for centuries in the library of Peterborough Cathedral … Continue reading

October 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Citizen of Nowhere?

‘If you are a citizen of the world,’ Theresa May said in her speech to the Conservative Party Conference today, ‘you are a citizen of nowhere’. Many British people are … Continue reading

October 5, 2016 · Leave a comment