The Church

I'll be giving a lecture in York on Feb 14th

Thursday, January 26, 2012

 'The Gems Fallen, The Body Rotten': Furnished Burial in Later Anglo-Saxon England

I'll be talking on this (not very romantic) subject in the Archaeology Department at the University of York
5pm, K/159 (Kings Manor), Tuesday 14th Feb.

Free admission!

The Bone Thief has been printed!

Monday, January 23, 2012

 I just heard from Ellie Rankine at Ebury Press that the bound copies of The Bone Thief are back from the printers, and looking beautiful. Judge for yourselves!

Dying and Death in Later Anglo-Saxon England - Paperback

Sunday, January 1, 2012

It's very cheering that Boydell & Brewer are republishing my Dying and Death in Later Anglo-Saxon England (snappy title, I know!) in paperback this year, at a much more reasonable price.


Bardney today is a village in Lincolnshire, 11 miles east of Lincoln.



 The physical remains of the holy dead were hugely important from the earliest years of Christianity. Whereas Roman culture had seen human corpses as menacing and polluting, Christians saw them - or the holiest of them at least - as one of the most direct ways of accessing the power and virtues of the heavenly realm. For many millions of modern Catholic and Orthodox Christians, of course, this continues to be the case.