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Magic, Medicine, Miracles: How Reading Abbey Helped to Invent Halloween

by Professor Anne Lawrence-Mathers On Saturday 27 October, I had the privilege of giving a public lecture for the Friends of Reading Abbey, in the presence of the Mayor of Reading, Councillor Debs Edwards. The event took place in St … Continue reading

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Crawling on Deaf Ears: Seven Ways to Oust an Insect from Your Ear

by Dr Hannah Newton Each day in the UK, 6 or 7 people – mainly children – undergo a medical procedure to remove a foreign object from the ear canal, with an annual cost to the NHS of around £2.8 … Continue reading

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Tweeting from the Grave: Sickness and Survival in the 17th Century

by Dr Hannah Newton [i] My favourite thing about being a historian is reading other people’s diaries. I began to realise this at the tender age of eight, when our teacher asked us to write a series of diary entries … Continue reading

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The Long Read. Impressions of a Modern Pilgrim: Walking the Camino to Santiago de Compostela

by Dr Rebecca Rist Whan that Averylle with his shoures soote The droughte of March hath perced to the roote, … Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrymages When in April the sweet showers fall, And pierce the drought of … Continue reading

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Call For Papers: ‘Complaints and Grievances, 1500-1750’, 10th-11th July 2017

We are delighted to issue a call for papers for Reading University’s biennial Early Modern Studies Conference, ‘Complaints and Grievances, 1500-1750’ (10th-11th July 2017). There will be three strands running through the conference: medical grievances literary complaints political/religious grievances   The keynote … Continue reading

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