In the modern era one of the primary markers of national identity, the very stuff of blood and belonging, is language. There has been a tendency to project modern readings—or misreadings—of language onto earlier times; however, recent scholarship has suggested that the early modern linguistic world was in fact much more variegated.
Telling the Story: The Encounter and the Reformation
The lachrymose nature of Jewish history has received a good deal of critical re-evaluation over the past several decades, with important and innovative studies shedding light on a range of Jewish and Christian relations throughout medieval and early modern Europe.
Francis Drake’s unexpected raids on Spain’s overseas colonies in 1577-80 alarmed the Spanish court and its global bureaucracy. The first official response to those raids was the expedition led by Diego Flores de Valdés and Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa.
Richard Hooker’s Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie describes the Church of England as a middle way between dangerous extremes of Catholicism and Presbyterianism.
Learn more about the speaker: John Morril, Selwin College, University of Cambridge.
Learn more about the speaker: Trevor Burnard, University of Warwick (now at University of Melbourne).
England’s first chartered society entertained several political and cultural ambitions: the importance of Italian humanist geography in considerations of national history; the invention of two English national traditions, one Roman, one Anglo-Saxon; the elaboration of a body of legal precedent to counteract monarchical experiments with absolutism; the promotion of empire as an atavistic...
Professor Grafton’s talk will focus on printers’ correctors in the fifteenth century, and will offer some unusual illustrations as evidence for examining the evolution of correctors’ practices during the transition from manuscript to print publication.