Pity the poor prelate? The case of Thomas Bourchier

Des Atkinson is a PhD candidate in medieval history at the University of Exeter. One churchman whose reputation can only be described as dented is Thomas Bourchier, archbishop of Canterbury from 1454 until his death in 1486. Bourchier (born around 1411) came from a family with royal and aristocratic connections. As a consequence, he gained…

Achilli v. Newman: anti-Catholicism in court

On 24th June 1852, John Henry Newman, the great Catholic convert now being considered for sainthood by the Vatican, was found guilty of libel at the Court of Queen’s Bench in Westminster. In one of his lectures on the Present Position of Catholics in England, delivered in Birmingham on 28th July 1850, Newman had accused…

Being a Dyslexic Academic

Phoebe Kearns is working on a PhD in Church History at the University of Winchester. There are a great number of challenges in being an academic, but for some people these are far greater than for most.  Like around 10% of the population, I face the difficulties associated with dyslexia. Dyslexia is a Specific Learning…