The Early Modern Commons

bonæ litteræ: occasional writing from David Rundle, Renaissance scholar

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The Mysteries of the Wolsey Lectionaries

14 May 2017

Last week saw the launch of an exciting new website, The Wolsey Manuscripts. Its primary purpose has been to bring together the two gorgeous lectionaries produced for Thomas Wolsey...

Leviathan in the Library

8 May 2017

I am preparing the first of a brace of talks that I am to give this week. They are on a rather different topics from each other but they are both to be presented in the same location,...

A further manuscript from the collection of John Tiptoft, earl of Worcester

10 March 2017

What was I saying the other day about the vain pursuit of finishing? While the proofs of the manuscript catalogue of Christ Church, Oxford progress towards the dreaded finality of print,...

A manuscript possibly from St Frideswide’s, Oxford

2 March 2017

The problem with finishing is that you never really do finish. You produce your text, replete with footnotes — and you think it is done. You feel that you should receive advice...