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Sin Eaters and Walking Corpses in Welsh Folk Belief: A Brief Note

14 March 2017

As many of you may be aware, my main area of interest lies in the cultural history of the walking corpse.  I’m especially fascinated by medieval accounts of the marauding,...

A Medieval English Crime Spree?

12 January 2017

The murder of Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral (source: wikicommons)   The study of the supernatural is inextricably linked with the concept of ‘bad’ death. Although...

The Monstrous Devourer

12 December 2016

With the semester coming to a close, the final pieces of marking complete, and Christmas fast approaching, I find my thoughts turning to the respite of the holidays. Like many, I look...

The Mythos of Michael Scot

14 November 2016

In the medieval and early modern worlds, the line between licit and illicit magical practice was often difficult to determine. A reputation for mastery in the dark arts could have a...