The Early Modern Commons

bonæ litteræ: occasional writing from David Rundle, Renaissance scholar

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The Books and the Wall

10 August 2017

I read, in past days, that the man who ordered the construction of the nearly infinite Wall of China was that First Emperor, Shih Huang Ti, who likewise ordered the burning of all the...

New light on George Hermonymos in England

9 July 2017

Encountering the unexpected is the thrill and the curse of research. A thrill because it provides the frisson — no, that is too coy: it provides (as I have said before) a hit...

Fragmentary futures

12 June 2017

Next week, there is a one-day conference in Cambridge which is a positively mouth-watering prospect — at least for those of us who are fascinated with manuscript fragments. The...

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...