The Early Modern Commons

Darin Hayton

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Notes on West’s Textual Criticism

18 February 2019

Random thoughts from M.L. West’s Textual Criticism and Editorial Technique. In one section West surveys “Various causes of textual discrepancy.” Notably, although...

Ghosts and the Society for Psychical Research

18 January 2019

Sometime in the mid 1770s the German scholar Georg Christoph Lichtenberg predicted with a certain degree of optimism: Our world will yet become so intricate that it will be as ridiculous...

Pre-Modern High Tech

8 January 2019

Last month the Washington Post ran a short article by Erin Blakemore on medieval scientific instruments, “Think smartphones are astonishing? Discover the ‘high tech’...

Chambers Full of Snakes

3 January 2019

Thumbing through a couple early modern collections of secrets always turns up strange and fascinating techniques and recipes. Some seem obviously useful, such as how to make a candle...