Describes the landscape of the Isle of Purbeck and the surrounding district, in relation to the lives and work of a number of individuals to whom the area has been important – writers, scientists, entrepreneurs – from accounts they have left of it. Including T.E. Lawrence, the Bloomsbury group, the founders of the Mowlem construction company and the developers of radar.
The Trial of Anne Taylor and Susan Swapper of Rye, Sussex, for Witchcraft: legal evidence and associated records
Edited transcripts (about 100pp) of some of the documents used for Rye Spirits. Not previously published, although the editor’s typescript of the evidence has been much used by postgraduate and undergraduate students for dissertations.
A general work (booklength) developing the arguments which are introduced in the essay at the end of Rye Spirits – in brief, that much of the driving force behind religious fundamentalism in 17th century England was directed towards defying good lordship (patronage) and good neighbourhood, in particular challenging some of the invasive methods of maintaining them – such as popular festivities, ritualised speech and joviality. The discussion takes a cross-cultural perspective.