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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

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