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The king under the tennis courts?

A local story that has been blowing up in the national media over the last few days is the speculation that St Edmund might be buried under the tennis courts … Continue reading

May 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

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 · 1 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