Press: Darlington talk to explore weird and wonderful tales from 17th century

Taken from The Northern Echo, 28th May 2019

A historian is celebrating the publication of his first book by holding a launch event to raise money for St Cuthbert’s Church in Darlington town centre.

Dr Liam Temple will be speaking about his new book, Mysticism in Early Modern England, during a launch event at the church.

The former Carmel College and Northumbria University student published his book in April with Boydell & Brewer, a prestigious publisher of academic books. The monograph traces the lives and writings of individuals who believed they could communicate directly with God in the seventeenth century and how many mocked them for their beliefs.

Dr Liam Temple with his newly published monograph

It follows on from previous events including in June last year, when he spoke to an audience of over 100 people, giving a talk about the Poor Clares of Darlington, which helped raise over £300 to support restoration projects at the church through ticket sales. In 2010 he helped the church reorganize and catalogue its parochial library, including two rare Bibles dating from the early sixteenth century.

The book originated from Dr Temple’s PhD thesis and has taken seven years to research, write and publish. He said: “My talk will look at lots of unusual characters, from parish priests writing mystical poetry through to those who believed the world was ending. There are a lot of weird and wonderful examples I’ll be drawing on.

The launch event will take place at Saint Cuthbert’s Church Hall at 7:30pm on Saturday June 1st 2019. Tickets are £5, payable on the door. Wine and nibbles will be provided. All proceeds will support the upkeep of the church.