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I am a historian specialising in church history and popular religion. My specialisms include post-Reformation English Catholicism, all aspects of the church history of the East Anglian region, the history of exorcism and the history of magic.


PhD History University of Cambridge 2014

MA Classics University of Wales Lampeter 2011

PGCE Religious Education University of Cambridge 2004

BA Philosophy University of Cambridge 2002



Magic as a Political Crime in Medieval and Early Modern England (I. B. Tauris, 2017)

Peterborough Folklore (Lasse Press, 2017)

The Abbey of Bury St Edmunds: History, Legacy and Discovery (Lasse Press, 2016)

A History of Exorcism in Catholic Christianity (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016)

The Gages of Hengrave and Suffolk Catholicism, 1640-1767 (Catholic Record Society, 2015)

Inferior Office: A History of Deacons in the Church of England (James Clarke & Co., 2015)

English Catholics and the Supernatural, 1553-1829 (Ashgate, 2013)

Edited collections

Catholic East Anglia: A History of the Catholic Faith in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (Gracewing, 2016)

Rookwood Family Papers, 1606-1761 (Suffolk Records Society, 2016)


A Medieval Book of Magical Stones: The Peterborough Lapidary (Texts in Early Modern Magic, 2016)

The Cambridge Book of Magic: A Tudor Necromancer’s Manual (Texts in Early Modern Magic, 2015)


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    Catholic Record Society

    Royal Historical Society

    Suffolk Records Society

    Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History

    Societas Magica

    Society for Editors and Proofreaders

    Society of Authors

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