The Early Modern Commons

On the archival trail of William Macintosh

Recent Posts

The Italian Job; Or, an audience with the Pope

4 May 2021

I have long known that Macintosh visited Rome (he bought several books there in late 1790), but the details of his visit have remained sketchy. Thanks to some recent translation work...

April in review

30 April 2021

The end of the beginning? Today marks the midway point of my (extended) Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship: eight months down, eight to go. This is a good moment, therefore, to...

Nine going on ten: reflections on slow scholarship

4 April 2021

It’s a source of wonderment and some embarrassment that this blog has reached its ninth birthday. On the one hand, I’m really glad to have kept it going for so long—it’s...

March in review

1 April 2021

140 days in summary. In early February I came to the unwelcome (although entirely obvious) conclusion that I was not going to be able to deal with all of Macintosh’s time in...