AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award

Plays and Playing at Petworth House (1590-1640)

University of Sussex - School of English at the University of Sussex and The National Trust at Petworth House, West Sussex

Applications are invited for an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards between the School of English at the University of Sussex and The National Trust at Petworth House, West Sussex on Plays and Playing at Petworth House (1590-1640) beginning October 2011.

The doctoral project is based on the detailed study of sixteen bound volumes of 146 early modern plays collected as part of the library of the ninth and tenth Earls of Northumberland at Petworth House (West Sussex) before 1640. The project is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Sussex and the National Trust at Petworth House.

To date no study has been made of these texts, which have been kept separate from the main libraries at Petworth since they passed to the National Trust in 1947 and are largely unknown. The quartos seem to have been bound together some time subsequent to the 1690 catalogue of the library (the 'Catalogus Librorum Bibliothecae Petworthianae'), in which these plays are catalogued individually and in a different order. Each volume contains between six and eleven plays, and initial research suggests that they were purchased as a collection rather than individually.

The broad aim of the doctoral project is to map out and to contextualise these quartos, exploring both their specific connection to Petworth and to the circumstances of their production.

The doctorate will be jointly supervised by Dr Matthew Dimmock and Andrew Loukes, the National Trust House and Collections Manager at Petworth House. There is also a team of secondary supervisors involved in the project that will offer support.

The award pays tuition fees and a maintenance grant for three years of full-time doctoral study. Please note that, in order to receive the maintenance award from the AHRC, residency conditions apply. Please refer to the 'AHRC Postgraduate Studentships: Guide to Student Eligibility' for detailed information: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/FundingOpportunities/Documents/GuidetoStudentFunding.pdf

Applicants should possess:

A 1st class or Upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a relevant humanities discipline.
A Masters degree or one completed by October 2011 (with distinction or merit) in an area relevant to the project.
Applications for a place on a research degree programme must be made on the standard University of Sussex application form at: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/applying/

Where you are asked to outline your research project you should describe how your academic interests fit this collaborative doctorate and your reasons for applying.

If you have already applied to Sussex and wish to be considered for these awards, please send directly to Dr Dimmock details about how your academic interests fit these projects and your reasons for wanting to apply to them.

Please contact Dr Matthew Dimmock (m.dimmock@sussex.ac.uk) for further information on academic related questions about these awards.

The deadline for applications is Friday 12 August 2011.

English Literary Manuscripts 1450-1700

A one-day conference to celebrate the launch online of
Catalogue of English Literary Manuscripts 1450-1700 (CELM)
at the Institute of English Studies, University of London, Senate House, Malet
Street, London WC1E 7HU
Friday 29 July 2011

Compiled by Peter Beal
in collaboration with John Lavagnino and Henry Woudhuysen
Papers on subjects relating to English manuscripts of this period, taking no
longer than 15/20 minutes each, will be delivered by scholars including:
Carlo Bajetta, Peter Beal, Joshua Eckhardt, Germaine Greer (keynote speaker),
Elizabeth Hageman, Grace Ioppolo, Gerard Kilroy, Tom Lockwood, Arthur Marotti,
Steven May, Richard Serjeantson, and Ray Siemens.

This conference, sponsored by the Arts&  Humanities Research Council, is FREE
and, besides coffee breaks, will include lunch and a drinks reception in the

Please note, prior registration is required. For registration and further
details please contact:

Jon Millington, Events Officer, Institute of English Studies, Senate House,
Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU; tel +44 (0) 207 664 4859; Email

Launch of the Catalogue of English Literary Manuscripts 1450-1700

The English Literary Manuscripts conference, celebrating the launch of the Catalogue of English Literary Manuscripts 1450-1700 (CELM), hosted by the Institute of English Studies at Senate House on 29 July 2011. An initial list of paper titles can be found at: CELM, where further updates will be posted.

Anyone wishing to attend should contact
Jon Millington
Events Officer
Institute of English Studies
University of London
School of Advanced Study
Room 239, 2nd Floor South Block
Senate House
Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Tel: +44 (0)20 7664 4859
Fax: +44 (0)20 7862 8720
Email: jon.millington@sas.ac.uk

Reading Early Modern Studies Conference, 2011

The penultimate ‘final’ programme

Monday 18 July

Session one (11.00-1.00)
1.1 ‘The Italian Academies: new research horizons’ (Chair: Jane Everson, RHUL). Dr. Simone Testa (RHUL and BL), ‘From the Italian Academies to the Republic of Letters. A project online’. Mr. Denis Reidy (BL), ‘Illustrating the Italian Academies: an initial survey’.
Dr. Lisa Sampson (Reading), ‘Theatre in the Italian Academies of the Veneto, c.1540- 1600’.

1.2 ‘Miscellanies, Commonplacing and the Gathered Text’ (Chair: Elizabeth Scott- Baumann).
Adam Smyth (Birkbeck), ‘Little Gidding and the material word’. Rebecca Bullard (Reading) ‘Cast-off clasps: manuscript, print and disorder in Margaret Cavendish’s Poems and Fancies (1653)’. Helen Hackett (UCL), ‘“Authorship, manuscript networks and miscellaneity”: Constance Fowler’s verse miscellany’.

1.3 ‘Commercial Empires’ (Chair: Esther Mijers, Reading). Siobhan Talbott (Manchester), ‘“By the Treaty of Union their whole trade would be ruin’d”: seventeenth-century Scottish commercial empires’. Arthur Weststeijn, ‘The Dutch idea of commercial empire’.

1.4 ‘Preaching, proselytising and politics’ (Chair: Mary Morrissey, Reading). Laura Branch, ‘Evangelical Exchange: The Letters of John Johnson, c.1542-1552’. Jonathan Willis (Durham), ‘Preaching God’s Law: the Decalogue in Reformation England’.
Adrian Magina (Cluj-Napoca, Romania), ‘Rediscovering Europe: Catholic missionaries in southern Hungary-Banat (sixteenth-seventeenth centuries)’.

Session two (2.00-4.00)
2.1 ‘Cultures of Knowledge: An intellectual geography of the seventeenth-century Republic of Letters’. A report on the AHRC-funded project based at the University of Oxford. Dr James Brown (University of Oxford, Project Coordinator), ‘Reassembling the Republic of Letters: networking intellectual communities in the past and the present’.
Dr Anna Marie Roos (University of Oxford, Research Fellow), ‘Natural Philosophy and the Republic of Letters: Sir Isaac Newton, Martin Lister (1639–1712), and the making of telescopic mirrors’. Dr Kim McLean-Fiander (University of Oxford, Editor), ‘The Cultures of Knowledge Union Catalogue: A new resource for sharing, refining, and exploring early modern correspondence’.

2.2 ‘Miscellanies, Commonplacing and the Gathered Text’ (Chair: Rebecca Bullard, Reading). Michael Hetherington (Magdalene College, Cambridge), ‘Constructing and construing the Elizabethan printed miscellanies: miscellany form and the claims of rational hermeneutics’.
Austen Saunders (Wolfson College, Cambridge), ‘Commonplacing, social reason and the poetic form of The Faerie Queene’. Jennifer Batt (English Faculty, Oxford), ‘John Dunton and the commonplace poem’.

2.3 ‘Maps and plans as information’ (Chair: TBA). R. W. Hoyle (Reading), ‘Surveyors and estate management in England, c.1580-1640: what were measured surveys for?’. Liz Griffiths (Exeter), ‘Project management and knowledge transfer in seventeenth- century Norfolk’. Heather Falvey (Cambridge), ‘The “grownde included within the greene color”: William Jordan’s pre-enclosure survey of Duffield Frith’. David Marsh (Birkbeck), ‘Communicating through Cartography: Faithorne and Newcourt’s 1658 “Exact Delineation of London”’.

2.4 ‘Practical divinity’ (Chair: Rachel Foxley, Reading). Hilary M. Bogert-Winkler (Connecticut), ‘“Prayerful Protest”: Alternative liturgies and theological dissent in Interregnum England’. Richard Bell, ‘“Salute all the Saints in the gaol”: evangelical inmates in the mid- seventeenth century’.
Plenary One: Howard Hotson (Oxford), ‘Cultures of communication in an age of crisis: the multi-layered network of Samuel Hartlib’.
Conference reception followed by dinner (University Library and Palmer Building)
Plenary Two: Dror Wahrman, ‘The media revolution in early modern England: an artist’s perspective’.

Tuesday 19 July

Session three (9.15-11.00)
3.1 ‘Republics of letters’ (Chair: Dr Simone Testa, BL and RHUL).
Noah Moxham (QMUL), “Traffickers in intelligence”: Correspondence networks and the culture of the early Royal Society’. Thomas Roebuck (Magdalen College, Oxford), ‘British antiquaries in the Republic of Letters, 1590-1640’.
Diane Watts (Reading), ‘Pierre Des Maizeaux and the Rainbow Circle’.

3.2 ‘Miscellanies, Commonplacing and the Gathered Text’ (Chair: Michelle O’Callaghan, Reading). Elizabeth Heale (Reading). ‘“The Devonshire Manuscript” and the role of verse in social communication and exchange amongst a Tudor elite’.
Claire Bryony Williams (Sheffield), ‘‘“Soe woemen are deceau’d | Goe hang thee in thy garters”. Having the last word; wit and female answers in National Art Library (V&A) MS Dyce 44’. Nelleke Moser (Amsterdam), ‘”Such as I found in English”: English authors in a Dutch woman’s manuscript miscellany of 1669’.

3.3 Pretending to be Scots (Chair: TBA). Irina Iakovleva (Ulyanovsk, Russia), ‘The Casket Letters attributed to Mary, Queen of Scots: the constructional approach’. Lauren Stewart, ‘“Leave off your Scotch, and speak me English, or something like it”: Perceptions and representations of northern English and Scots in the seventeenth century’.

3.4 ‘From the Text to the Body: Strategies of communication in How-to-Manuals (1500-1800)’. Daniel Jaquet (Geneva), ‘The Manuals of Jorg Wilhalm, 1522-43: Displaying martial skills “By the Book”’.
Erzsi Kukorelly (Geneva), ‘Shopping with a knife: Communicating embodied knowledge in eighteenth-century conduct manuals for young women’. Dora Kiss (Geneva), ‘Cultural Communication in eighteenth-century Belle Danse’.

Session four (11.30-1.00)
4.1 ‘Citizens of the world’ (Chair: Mark Hutchings, Reading). Florin Ardelean (Cluj-Napoca, Romania),‘Military innovation and mercenary service in the early modern period: Foreign soldiers in the service of the Transylvanian Principality, 1541-1691’. Miguel Dantas da Cruz (Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), CEHC, Lisboa, Portugal & PIUDH) and Graça Almeida Borges (Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), CEHC, Lisboa, Portugal & EUI), ‘Exchanging technical knowledge for social progression in the eighteenth-century Portuguese empire: the global circulation of André Ribeiro Coutinho’. Andrei Pogacias, ‘Nicolae Milescu: a Moldavian Marco Polo in the seventeenth century’.

4.2 ‘Miscellanies, Commonplacing and the Gathered text’ (Chair: Adam Smyth, Birkbeck). Edward Smith (Sheffield), ‘Manuscripts in the family: the scribal context of BL, Add. Ms 36,529’.
Jessica Edmondes (Sheffield), ‘Gentilitie imagined Anno 1580: figuring social rank and partisan malice in an Inns of Court heraldic blazon’. Christopher Burlinson (Cambridge), ‘Richard Corbett and William Strode: institutional and social relationships in seventeenth-century Oxford miscellanies’.

4.3 ‘Knowing about Ireland’ (Chair: Richard Hoyle, Reading). Gerald Power, ‘Reporting on Ireland in the reign of Henry VIII’. Mark Hutchinson, ‘The emergence of ‘the state’ in Irish government correspondence, 1578-82’. Christian Anton Gerard, ‘Britomart’s sex sets “British” on fire: the Faerie Queene’s queer Britain’.

4.4 ‘New meanings and misreadings: The play of words on the early modern stage’ (Chair: Paul Quinn). Andrew Duxfield (QUB), ‘Christopher Marlowe: New information and old wisdom’. Chloe Preedy (York), ‘“Dangers is in Words”: Linguistic evasion and the Marlovian Protagonist’.
Barbara Wooding (Birkbeck), ‘Staging the unspeakable: Circumventing theatrical censorship in Jacobean England’.

Session five (2.00-3.30)
5.1 ‘Merchant information’ (i) (Chair: TBA). Francesco Guidi-Bruscoli (Florence), ‘The information networks of Renaissance merchants’. Reiko Takeda (OU), ‘Writing for profit: The business communication of some sixteenth- century Bristol merchants’. Claudio Marsilio (Milan), ‘“A wise man is always ready to face a disaster”. Seventeenth- century Genoese exchange fairs: financial operators’ professional skills and market information’.

5.2 ‘Donne in the hands of manuscript collectors’ (Ben Burton) Daniel Starza Smith (UCL), ‘Tracking Donne through a false miscellany, BL Add. Ms 23,229’. Joshua Eckhardt (Virginia Commonwealth University), ‘The manuscript verse miscellany as continuation of Camden’s Remains’. Victoria E. Burke (Ottawa), ‘“The disagreeable figure of a common-place”: form and influence in Katherine Butler’s late seventeenth-century verse miscellany’.

5.3 ‘Competing for hearts and minds in Elizabeth’s reign’ (Chair: Helen Parish, Reading). Katy Gibbons (Portsmouth), ‘Communicating the Catholic cause: the exile activity of Ann Percy, Countess of Northumberland’.
Jonathan Harris (New College, Oxford), ‘Declaring Treasons: Government Pamphlets and their Readers’. Sue Simpson (Southampton), ‘Getting the Message home: Sir Henry Lee’s iconic appeals to Elizabeth I’.

5.4 ‘James I causes anxiety’ (Chair, Ralph Houlbrooke, Reading). Thomas Davies(Aberystwyth), ‘A Mirror for a Monarch: Dramatising anxieties surrounding the succession of James I’. Mark Hutchings (Reading), ‘Friends and relaciones: Nottingham goes to Spain’. Paul Quinn (Chichester), ‘I wrote to the King a few days ago’: Censors, plays and interpretative correspondence in the reign of James I’.

Session six (4.00-5.30)
6.1 ‘Merchant information’ (ii) (Chair, TBA). Dr Andrey Makarov (Saratov State Polytechnic University), ‘The communication and social networks of the early modern European family: the comparative social history of English and Swedish Merchant families in seventeenth century’. Pat Hudson (Cardiff), ‘Commercial correspondence: British traders’ letters in the long eighteenth century’.

6.2 Roundtable discussion: using databases to discuss poetry.

6.3 ‘Elizabethan government’ (Chair: TBA) Cathryn Enis (Reading), ‘Marching down Watling Street to London: the threat of invasion from Ireland, the earl of Leicester’s acquisition of Drayton Bassett and a Warwickshire case of trespass’. Janet Dickinson (Durham and Reading), ‘Court Politics and the Earl of Essex’. Neil Younger (Vanderbilt), ‘The Earl of Essex and the Elizabethan Counties’.

6.4 ‘Dramatic exchanges’ (Chair, TBA). Carolyn D. Williams (Reading), ‘Now he has taught me to write letters, you shall have longer ones’: Epistolarity in early modern Drama’. Laurie Ann Mckee (Northumbria), ‘“The Play Began Never Till Now!” Creating contracts in Fulgens and Lucres and The Knight of the Burning Pestle’. Ian Munro (Irvine), ‘Wit, exchange, and complement in Love's Labour's Lost’.
5.45 Plenary 3 Andrew Hadfield (Sussex), ‘Lying and early modern literature’
8.00. Conference Dinner at the Sizzling Spice, 62 Christchurch Road.

Wednesday 20 July

Session seven (9.15-11.00)
7.1 ‘News’ (Chair, Andrew Hadfield, Sussex). Andrew Pettegree (St Andrews), ‘Making the News in sixteenth-century Germany’.
Marie-Louise Leonard (Glasgow), ‘Communication in Crisis: Plague in Mantua, 1576-7’. Brodie Waddell (Cambridge), ‘The food market in times of hunger’.

7.2 ‘Collecting and exchanging’ (Chair, TBA). Mark Empey (UCD), ‘Sir James Ware (1594-1666): historian, politician and manuscript collector’. Leah R. Clark (Alfred University, New York), ‘Material translations: Collecting and cross-cultural exchange in the Italian courts’. Tracey A. Sowerby (St Hilda’s, Oxford), ‘Portraits and Tudor diplomatic exchanges’.

7.3 ‘Aspects of Catholicism’ (Chair: Mary Morrissey, Reading). Elizabeth Ferguson (Christ Church, Oxford), ‘The lives of saints and a reformed Catholicism’. Jenny Sager (Jesus College, Oxford), ‘a monstrous head of brass’: Idolatrous Spectacle in Robert Greene’s Alphonsus, King of Aragon (1587) and Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay (1589). Caroline Watkinson (QMUL), ‘Engaging Nuns: Exiled English Convents and early modern print Culture’.

Session eight (11.30-1.00)
8.1 Treason and Censorship (Chair, TBA). Christopher Nicholson (SSEES, London), ‘Treason in Bohemia and Hungary in the early sixteenth century’. Neil Tarrant, ‘Giambattista Della Porta and the censorship of alchemy’

8.2. ‘Late seventeenth-century Catholicism’ (Chair, Stephen Taylor, Reading) Eoin Devlin (Cambridge), ‘Restoration prince: the historical consciousness of James II’. Lisa Diller (Southern Adventist University), ‘A Catholic Reformation of Manners’. Gabriel Glickman (Hertford College, Oxford), ‘Christian Reunion, the Anglo-French alliance and the English Catholic imagination, 1660-1688’.

8.3 Political information Daniel Saraiva (Rio de Janeiro), ‘The censored government: political information in early modern Portugal’. Simon Healy (History of Parliament Trust), ‘Finance, politics and the search for credible commitment in England, c.1580-1640’. Richard Hoyle (Reading), ‘Petitioning as political communication: The politics of rural weaving communities’.

8.4 ‘Audiences and readerships for late seventeenth-century poetry’ (Chair: Mary Morrissey). Joseph Shub (London), ‘Audience/Reader: The construction of the addressee in Milton’s prose and verse’.
Rory Tanner (Ottawa), ‘Caroline state poetry and early-modern media literacy’. Nicholas von Maltzahn (Ottawa), ‘Paper work: Andrew Marvell as secretary-poet’.

Session nine (2.00-3.30)
9.1 ‘Diplomacy and trade’ (Chair TBA). Stephan Schmuck (UCC), ‘The Provenance of Turkish News: the curious case of Franz Billerbeg’. Roeland Harms (Utrecht), ‘Trading literature. Media changes and the dissemination of literary stories in the eighteenth and nineteenth century’.

9.2 ‘The picaresque and the folk-hero: negotiating history, politics and place’ (Chair, TBA). Maya Mathur (Fredericksburg), “Like Bees that swarme about the hony hive”: Political exchange in The Life and Death of Jack Straw and 2 Henry VI.
David Peacock (Newbury), ‘Thomas Deloney’s Jack of Newbury: Fiction or History?’ Rebeca Helfer (Irvine), ‘Exchanging Places: Locational Memory in Nashe’s The Unfortunate Traveller’.

9.3 ‘Communicating royalty’ (Chair, TBA). Linda Briggs (Warwick), ‘“Avoir esté composé pour faire entendre”: Exchanges of expectation in the royal entries of Charles IX (1564-66)’. Thomas Ewen Daltveit Slettebø (Bergen), ‘The king, the priest and the parishioners: Royal propaganda in sermons during the period of autocracy’.

9.4 ‘Active readers’ (Chair: TBA)/ Elke Huwiler, ‘Exchanging ideas through theatre: Secular plays of early modern Switzerland’. Ailsa Grant Ferguson, ‘“Accept of these play-games as you please”: Wither’s “wise” reader in the Emblems’.
Tea, conference closes

Known and Imagined Communities in the Renaissance


Saturday, July 16, 2011.  at the University of Stirling


I’th’ commonwealth I would by contraries
Execute all things. For no kind of traffic
Would I admit, no name of magistrate;
Letters should not be known; riches, poverty
And use of service, none; contract, succession,
Bourn, bound of land, tilth, vineyard, none;
No use of metal, corn, or wine, or oil;
No occupation, all men idle, all;
And women too – but innocent and pure;
No sovereignty –
(The Tempest, 2.1.147-157)

The debate about different kinds of society, both real and fictional, was intense and wide-ranging during the 16th century and into the 17th century. In addition to the two basic types of social formation that actually existed - absolute monarchy and republic - there were, from Sir Thomas More’s Utopia onwards, accounts of ‘fictional’ communities of the kind envisaged by Shakespeare’s Gonzalo in The Tempest. This symposium aims to address the various kinds of representation of actually existing communities, covering descriptions in texts such as Sir Thomas Smith’s De Republica Anglorum, Jean Bodin’s Six Books of the Commonwealth, or Fulk Greville’s A Treatise on Monarchy, and representations in Shakespeare’s Roman plays, and those of Jonson, and other early 17thcentury contemporaries, of the various stages and kinds of political formation from tyranny to empire; or in Shakespeare’s two Venetian plays, The Merchant of Venice and Othello, and Jonson’s Volpone, of republicanism. Questions such as: what binds a community together; how are its values formulated and transmitted; to what extent are these ties dependent upon ‘language’ and upon an ‘imagined’ collectivity of the kind proposed by commentators such as Benedict Anderson, will form part of the discussion. But the symposium will also consider ‘imagined’ communities in the fully fictional sense of the term and as exemplified in texts such as More’s Utopia but extended to early 17th century writers of utopian fiction. For the purposes of the symposium the terminus ad quem will be the writings of Milton and Thomas Hobbes.

Papers are invited for a one-day symposium on ‘Known and Imagined Communities in the Renaissance’, and proposals should be submitted to the following address by Monday 30 May, 2011; papers should be no longer than 15 mins. duration (10pp. double-spaced typed A4):

Professor J. Drakakis
Department of English Studies
University of Stirling
Stirling FK9 4LA
Scotland Email: jd1@stir.ac.uk

Should contributors so wish, then their papers will appear on the SINRS website after the symposium.

There will be a fee of £35 for the day, which will cover coffee, tea, and a buffet lunch. This symposium is run in conjunction with The British Shakespeare Association, and members of the BSA are entitled to a £5 discount on production of membership number. BSA membership forms will be available on the day for anyone who wishes to join. There may be a small number of travel bursaries available to BSA members.

Cheques for the symposium to be made payable to English Studies, University of Stirling. A symposium registration form is attached. Delegates who wish to pay on the day can do so, but please send in your registration form well beforehand so that we can plan for meals.

The registration list will close when the number has reached 50 participants, and registration will be done on a first-come-first-served basis. Please complete the following slip and return it by Monday 6 June to:

SINRS Symposium
Department of English Studies,
University of Stirling,
Stirling FK9 4 LA,

The Intellectual Culture of the British Country House 1500-1700, July 2011

A Multi-Disciplinary Conference Hosted by the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Sussex, 13-15 July 2011

Call for Papers 

The Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Sussex is seeking proposals for individual papers or panels that address any aspect of this theme. Topics might include: the nature of the country house library; the intellectual networks associated with libraries and houses; the culture of book collecting and borrowing; libraries as regional centres; education in the country house; the book as a work of art; architecture of libraries; houses as intellectual projects; writing on houses; reading groups; the production of texts from country houses; country house culture across the British Isles; manuscript circulation; gardens as intellectual projects; royal progresses; material objects in country houses; hospitality; the impact of the civil war on country house culture.

Organizers: Matthew Dimmock, Margaret Healy

Plenary Speakers include: Maurice Howard, James Raven, William Sherman and Christopher Ridgeway

Please send abstracts (of no more than 200 words) or panel theme and list of speakers with titles, institutional affiliation and abstracts to Simon Davies (s.f.davies@sussex.ac.uk) by 13 December 2010.

The Bible in the Seventeenth Century: The Authorised Version Quatercentenary (1611-2011)

7th - 9th July 2011
Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, University of York

This conference, timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the 1611 King James Bible, will look at the reception of the Bible in the early modern era. It will bring together an impressive range of scholars from a variety of disciplines, to assess the significance of the scriptures to cultural, political, theological and philosophical history throughout the long seventeenth century.

The conference aims to clarify the uses to which the Bible was put in the period. It is premised on the notion that the biblical culture of the seventeenth century was vibrant and pervasive, including, for example, interpretation of politics and social revolutions, distinctive forms of philosophical and scientific thought and a discursive language of biblical characters, figures and typologies, the implications of which remain very much under-explored.

The conference will be based at the King's Manor, a beautiful complex of Medieval and Renaissance buildings in the heart of York. Plenary lectures will also be held at the historic Merchant Taylors Hall and the 14th century Hospitium.

For further information, please contact Dr Kevin Killeen at: bible@events.york.ac.uk