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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

Forthcoming book: Peterborough Folklore

I am delighted to announce that my book Peterborough Folklore is to be published by Lasse Press later in 2017. The modern Peterborough region, a unitary authority since 1998, includes … Continue reading

January 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Catholic Counter-Reformation in film

Martin Scorsese’s film Silence, which is due to be released today in the Vatican, belongs to a small sub-genre of historical films exploring the Catholic Counter-Reformation, the global movement to … Continue reading

December 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

Review: The Cult of St Edmund in Medieval East Anglia by Rebecca Pinner

My review of The Cult of St Edmund in Medieval East Anglia by Rebecca Pinner has just been published in Folklore, the journal of the Folklore Society. Pinner’s authoritative study … Continue reading

November 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

New Catholic Record Society volume: Mannock Strickland

I am delighted to announce that this year’s Catholic Record Society volume, Richard Williams’s edition of the papers of Mannock Strickland (1683-1744): Agent to English Convents in Flanders is published … Continue reading

November 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

‘Fear in the Fens’ Film Festival

This morning I was the first of three speakers at the Fear in the Fens Film Festival in Downham Market, introducing the classic 1968 horror film Witchfinder General, which was … Continue reading

November 5, 2016 · 4 Comments

Remember, remember the 23rd of June: Brexit threatens Catholicism in the UK

In March 1603 the future gunpowder plotter Robert Catesby told the Jesuit Henry Garnet ‘That the king had broken promise with the Catholics, and therefore assuredly there would be stirs … Continue reading

November 5, 2016 · 1 Comment