Book Chapter: George Herbert

In 2016 I was contacted about the possibility of contributing to a new edited collection addressing Protestant mysticism in early modern Europe. Vincent Evener and Ronald K. Rittgers had already gathered a number of expert scholars to write chapters on a wide variety of Protestant mystics and were looking for someone to write a chapter focusing specifically on examples of mysticism within English Protestantism. I was delighted to accept the opportunity and explore my ongoing…

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Scholar Spotlight: Andrew Louth

Andrew Louth’s long and distinguished career as a scholar of Patristic and Byzantine studies means that no one article can offer a full review of his scholarship and impact. Instead, this spotlight will focus on his The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition, first published in 1981 and reprinted in 2007, as a work that deserves particular attention from scholars of mysticism. The work originated from a series of lectures on ‘Mystical Theology in the Fathers’…

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Scholar Spotlight: Evelyn Underhill

Biography Evelyn Underhill (6 December 1875 – 15 June 1941) was one of the most influential twentieth-century writers on mysticism and spirituality. Her work is largely credited with bringing mysticism to the masses, with enormously influential publications such as Mysticism: A Study in Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness (1911) reprinted numerous times to keep up with demand. Her belief that mysticism was a spiritual path that should be open to all is best seen in…

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Public Lecture: The History of the Poor Clares of Darlington

I was honoured to be asked to give a public lecture by the Friends of Saint Cuthbert’s Church, who have always supported my work and allowed me access to resources at the church without reservation. The talk focused on the history of the Poor Clares of Darlington, focusing especially on the manuscripts which are stored at the University of Durham and had formed the basis of my IMEMS Library Fellowship there. While the talk should…

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Funding Success: EAB Publication Grant

I am delighted to announce that I have been awarded a publication grant from the Elizabeth Ann Bogert Memorial Fund for the Study or Practice of Christian Mysticism to support the publication and illustration costs of my first monograph Mysticism in Early Modern England (due to be published in 2019 with Boydell & Brewer). This is the second time the Bogert Fund has supported my research and publication activities, for which I am incredibly grateful.…

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