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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

William Lakers: the Diocese of Ely’s first lay reader

The Diocese of Ely, like all the dioceses of the Church of England and the Church in Wales, is this year celebrating 150 years since the first licensing of lay … Continue reading

October 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Review of Brian Copenhaver, Magic in Western Culture

My review of Brian Copenhaver’s book Magic in Western Culture: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment (Cambridge University Press, 2015) has just been published on the Institute for Historical Research’s Reviews … Continue reading

September 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Bishop William Poynter and exorcism in Regency England

My article ‘Bishop William Poynter and exorcism in Regency England’ has recently been published in vol. 33:2 of British Catholic History, the journal of the Catholic Record Society. The article … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

Ixworth Priory

St Mary’s Priory of Augustinian Canons at Ixworth is one of the least well known of all Suffolk’s monastic houses, on account of the fact that the Priory buildings were … Continue reading

September 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership

Today is the official launch of the Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership, a new collaborative initiative between St Edmundsbury Cathedral and St Edmundsbury Borough Council to ensure the better … Continue reading

September 12, 2016 · Leave a comment