The Early Modern Commons

bonæ litteræ: occasional writing from David Rundle, Renaissance scholar

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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...

Trump the Merovingian

25 February 2017

Satire is a potent tool in the face of the arrogance of power. Laughter punctures pride more fatally than any righteous anger. And it has not gone unnoticed that one of the winners...

Complicity, complacency and the bonfires that burn books

16 February 2017

If it is the mark of a stimulating book that a reviewer finds it impossible to confine their response within the word limit available, then I have recently read one. The volume is On...