The Early Modern Commons

bonæ litteræ: occasional writing from David Rundle, Renaissance scholar

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Littera antiqua as a cosmopolitan enterprise

25 January 2018

One advantage of teaching palaeography at King’s College, London, this year — apart from the enthusiastic and inquisitive students, of course — is that it is a short...

The Biggar Issue: the duty of the academic in public debate

15 January 2018

It is not often I am kept awake at night by something an academic has written. At the start of this year, I have found my sleep interrupted on consecutive nights by disquiet about a...

Mandrakes in the Library

6 November 2017

One of the items which belongs to the Library of Christ Church, Oxford, is a silver box, in fine filigree, possibly an early eighteenth-century Parisian product. In it sit two mandrakes...

Andrew Watson, scholar and gentleman

25 September 2017

It was Saturday evening and I was standing in baggage reclaim at Heathrow, just returned from a holiday the restfulness of which was enhanced by a self-imposed purdah, with no access...