Alexandra Walsham

Alexandra Walsham is a fellow in history at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. The Reformation of the Landscape was reviewed here by Keith Thomas.

Trickes of the Clergye: Atheistical Thoughts

Alexandra Walsham, 25 April 2024

In​ 1607 John Derpier, an argumentative Wiltshire gentleman, was hauled before an ecclesiastical court for publicly proclaiming ‘the most hereticall & damnable opinion (that there was noe god & noe resurrection, & that men died a death like beastes)’. Derpier’s audacity was compounded by the fact that he had made his assertion in a church and in the hearing of...

From the moment he died in April 1590, Francis Walsingham, principal secretary to Elizabeth I, has been the subject of competing myths. Catholics greeted the demise of a relentless opponent with relief and applause, and circulated lurid providential stories about the appalling stench that came from his corpse, which allegedly poisoned one of his pall-bearers. By contrast, Protestant writers...

Killing Stones: Holy Places

Keith Thomas, 19 May 2011

Most of the world’s religions have their holy places, thought to offer closer access to the divinity. Sometimes they are associated with key events in the history of the religion concerned....

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