Heaven On Earth: The Lives and Legacies of the World’s Greatest Cathedrals

After several months of keeping this very big secret, I am extremely proud to announce my next book: Heaven On Earth, an illuminating narrative of the conception and legacies of twenty of the world’s greatest cathedrals interwoven with an exploration of the lives, legends and scandals of the people who built them. Heaven On Earth will be published by Head of Zeus, and as soon as I have a confirmed release date, I will post it. I don’t want to give away too much more at this time, but if you would like an idea of what can be expected from the book, the synopsis can be found below.

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How naughty was the past?

Hidden messages and tongue-in-cheek depictions were widespread throughout medieval churches. But was the medieval world simply rife with satire or did these etchings and carvings hold deeper meanings? Here, Dr Emma J Wells from the University of York explores seven of the most curious examples…

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Pilgrim Routes

Just a quick reminder that there are a few remaining tickets available for my talk on ‘Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles’ at Ripon International Festival, Tuesday 6th September, 3pm at Ripon Spa Hotel.  Continue reading “Pilgrim Routes”

My travels this summer – literary festival appearances

Just a quick note to say I shall be out ‘n’ about this summer, traversing the moors, dales and peaks of the North, as I promote my forthcoming book, Pilgrim Routes of the British IslesContinue reading “My travels this summer – literary festival appearances”

The Listed Property Show

I have been invited to speak on the importance of researching your home at The Listed Property Show (in association with Historic England), on Sunday 13th March at Harrogate HIC  one of two locations of the Listed Property Owners Club annual event.

If you are maintaining, altering or renovating your listed home – or even looking to buy one – The Listed Property Show is not to be missed!

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The 3rd Degree

So, apparently I am to be one of the ‘dons’ on BBC Radio 4’s The 3rd Degree, a quiz show, hosted by Steve Punt (from BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Now Show‘), that each week travels to a different university and pits three undergraduates against three academics in a general knowledge/specialist subject quiz.

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PGDip in Parish Church Studies

The new (version of the) PGDip in Parish Church Studies is now open for applications.

The postgraduate diploma in Parish Church Studies at the University of York offers a unique opportunity to gain detailed and practical knowledge of the history, use, care and conservation of parish churches. The online format offers you the opportunity to study in your own home and somewhat at your own pace, extensively supported by an expert in the field, and learning as part of an active online community.

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