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Alexandra Walsham

Alexandra Walsham teaches modern history. The Reformation of the Landscapewas reviewed here by Keith Thomas.

Francis Walsingham

Alexandra Walsham, 5 July 2012

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...

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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