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Witchcraft and Magic at the John Clare Theatre

This afternoon I spoke at Peterborough’s John Clare Theatre on the subject of ‘Witchcraft and Magic in the Fens’, an event organised by Peterborough Archives. My talk focussed particularly on … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Interpreting the ‘Edmund Jewel’

In December 2014 a metal detectorist stumbled upon a remarkable find somewhere in the West Suffolk village of Drinkstone; an Anglo-Saxon aestel, one of a small number of objects that … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Publication of Peterborough Folklore

Today is the official publication date of my book Peterborough Folklore, the first dedicated survey of the folklore, customs and legends of the Peterborough region in eastern England. This evening … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Publication of The Chronicles of Nazareth, ed. by Caroline Bowden

It gives me great pleasure to announce the publication today of The Chronicles of Nazareth (The English Convent), Bruges 1629-1793, edited by Dr┬áCaroline Bowden, volume 87 in the Catholic Record … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Peterborough folklore seminar

This evening I led a seminar at Christ the Servant King church in Hampton on the folklore of Peterborough, a region somewhat neglected by folklorists that lies between East Anglia … Continue reading

September 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Review: Michael Howard, East Anglian Witches and Wizards

As someone interested in equal parts in the history of East Anglia and the history of magic and witchcraft, I was naturally eager to read Michael Howard‘s recently published (June … Continue reading

September 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

Pagan claims against the Church of England

This week’s Church Times reported that the Odinist Fellowship, an organisation representing those who worship the Norse gods, has asked for a public apology from the Church of England for … Continue reading

August 23, 2017 · Leave a comment