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The joy – and importance – of the analytical index

Not long ago, a learned society of which I am a council member made the decision to stop commissioning an analytical index for volumes of the journal it published. Up … Continue reading

March 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Talk on magical gems at Treadwell’s

Yesterday¬†evening I spoke at Treadwell’s Bookshop in London on ‘Magical Stones and Gems in Pre-Modern England’, drawing largely on the Peterborough Lapidary (my translation of which was published in October … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

Is Huntingdonshire part of Scotland?

It is the question no-one seems to be discussing as the SNP prepares to make another bid to obtain Scottish independence: is Huntingdonshire really part of Scotland? The ancient county … Continue reading

March 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

Is Bury St Edmunds a county town? An historical perspective

Earlier today The Ipswich Star reported on an ongoing debate about whether Ipswich or Bury St Edmunds should be Suffolk’s county town. Ipswich has, of course, been the official county … Continue reading

February 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

Plaque to commemorate recusant prisoners on Ely’s Bishop’s Palace

City of Ely Perspective, in collaboration with The King’s School, Ely, has just erected a new commemorative plaque on the Old Bishop’s Palace in Ely which commemorates the 32 recusant … Continue reading

February 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

Forthcoming book: Magic as a Political Crime in Medieval and Early Modern England

I am delighted to announce that I have signed a contract with I. B. Tauris to publish my book Magic as a Political Crime in Medieval and Early Modern England: … Continue reading

January 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

Remembering St Alban Roe

On 21 January 1642 the Benedictine monk Alban Roe, born Bartholomew Roe at Bury St Edmunds in around 1583, suffered martyrdom at Tyburn by being hanged, drawn and quartered for … Continue reading

January 21, 2017 · Leave a comment