The Early Modern Commons

bonæ litteræ: occasional writing from David Rundle, Renaissance scholar

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The unbook and the library

13 May 2019

This last weekend saw a small conference take place on the campus of UEA, entitled ‘Early Modern Matters. Materiality and the Archive’, most ably organised by two graduate...

The Renaissance Reform of the Book and Britain — in one word

30 April 2019

  If you had to summarise your book in one word, what would it be? The Renaissance Reform of the Book and Britain has its official publication date on 2nd May 2019. I have, then,...

How (not) to describe a manuscript’s weight

3 March 2019

Canterbury, Monday 4th March 2019: a day of delights for manuscript-lovers. There are two related events taking place to celebrate the cathedral’s purchase at auction in July...

The Relics of Humfrey, duke of Gloucester at St Albans

19 November 2018

One of the greatest pleasures among many of my line of work is being invited to give a public lecture. This is always thanks to the audience, who bring their own knowledge and interests...