The Early Modern Commons

bonæ litteræ: occasional writing from David Rundle, Renaissance scholar

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Mandrakes in the Library

6 November 2017

One of the items which belongs to the Library of Christ Church, Oxford, is a silver box, in fine filigree, possibly an early eighteenth-century Parisian product. In it sit two mandrakes...

Andrew Watson, scholar and gentleman

25 September 2017

It was Saturday evening and I was standing in baggage reclaim at Heathrow, just returned from a holiday the restfulness of which was enhanced by a self-imposed purdah, with no access...

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...