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About Dr Francis Young


Francis Young is a historian, editor and translator based in Peterborough, UK. He is the Catholic Record Society‘s Volumes Editor. He has two main research interests: (1) medieval and early modern popular religion, magic and folklore and (2) post-Reformation English Catholicism, especially in East Anglia (Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk). A native of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, he first acquired his passion for revisionist historiographies of the English Reformation at Culford School and then read Philosophy at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He also holds a degree in Classics from University of Wales, Lampeter, and a doctorate in History from Cambridge University.

Francis Young is the author of several books, including English Catholics and the Supernatural, 1553-1829 and A History of Exorcism in Catholic Christianity and the editor of the official history of the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Council Member of the Catholic Record Society, as well as a member of the Societas Magica, the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology, the Suffolk Records Society and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. He is Secretary of the East Anglian Catholic History Society.

Pope with CEA

Pope Francis receiving a copy of Francis Young’s history of the Diocese of East Anglia from the Bishop of East Anglia, Alan Hopes in June 2016

This site features updates on his publications, speaking events and occasional reviews and other articles.

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Twitter: @SuffolkRecusant

2 comments on “About Dr Francis Young

  1. asakgage
    February 22, 2013

    I would be greatly interested in exchanging information on the Gages of Hengrave. I’ve been researching my English kin for years and have an extensive genealogy of the Firle, Hengrave, Haling, Raunds and Rathlin Gages, including many wills. I recently tried to get permission for a photographer to shoot the monuments and inscriptions at Hengrave Church, but the owners never responded to the request. Is there anything about this family I could help you with? Asa Gage –

  2. joemasonspage
    March 23, 2016

    I though you might be interested in my blog on your old school, although it dates from well before your time. I have a great interest in St Edmund, but maybe that can wait.

    Joe Mason

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