'The reception of Erasmus in England c.1500-1550.'
My thesis explores the reception of the works of Desiderius Erasmus (d.1536) in England in the first half of the sixteenth century. Erasmus is generally considered to be the most prolific author of his generation. Over a million copies of his work were printed in his lifetime. Yet historians have given radically different assessments of his popularity and his place within the wider reformation landscape. My research focuses on the evidence preserved in surviving editions of Erasmus’ writings - whether printed or in manuscript - to trace the circulation and reaction to his works in England. It charts the often fraught process by which Erasmus came to occupy a central place in the intellectual culture of the period. My work also seeks to highlight the richness of UK libraries for the study of sixteenth century life.
My wider interests lie in the broader history of the book, humanism and the reformation. I am particularly interested in the collecting habits of scholars; the experience of travel; and the scribal culture of the early Tudor period. I am grateful to Arts and Humanities Research Council for funding my work.
I am happy to teach the following undergraduate courses: BIP4, BIF4, EWP3 and Literature and Politics in Early Modern England.