Fellow, Director of Studies in History, and Perne Librarian, Peterhouse
Cambridge CB2 1RD
Departments and Institutes
Early modern intellectual history, particularly the history of scholarship and the history of science. Current projects include a study of the interpretation of the Septuagint (the Greek Old Testament) in Early Modern Europe and work on the international reception of the thought and writings of Isaac Newton.
Early modern British and European intellectual history.
Recent students have written M.Phil. or Ph.D. dissertations on Thomas Hobbes and Francis Bacon; Elias Ashmole and the Uses of Antiquity; The Intellectual Biography of John Wallis; Natural Philosophy in the English Universities, 1500-1570; The Role of Witchcraft in the Experimental Philosophy of Robert Boyle; Perceptions of Extraordinary Natural Events and their Meanings in England, 1692-1750; Renegades to the Ottoman Empire and their Impact in the Early Modern Period; Corpuscular Chymistry and the English Fossil Debate, 1660-1681; The Reception of the Work of Thomas Willis; Civil Religion and the Hebrew Republic in Spinoza's Theory of Toleration; The Transatlantic Culture of Benefaction in the Colonial American College Library; The Dutch Church at Austin Friars and the English Church in Amsterdam; Marsilio Ficino's commentary on Proclus; The Reception of the Writings of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola in England.
I offer a course on the history of the book to students for the Early Modern M.Phil. and supervise undergraduates for papers in British History, European History, and Political Thought in Part I and for two Specified Subjects in Part II ('The Politics of Knowledge from the Late Renaissance to the Early Enlightenment' and 'Persecution and Toleration in Britain, 1400-1700').
Other Professional Activities
Co-Director, The Bible and Antiquity in Nineteenth-Century Culture, based at CRASSH.
Editorial director, The Newton Project, currently based at the University of Sussex.
General Editor, publications of the Oxford Bibliographical Society.
(ed. with M. Ledger-Lomas), Dissent and the Bible in Britain, c. 1650-1950 (Oxford University Press, 2013).
(ed. with J.H.R. Davis), The Warden's Punishment Book of All Souls College, Oxford, 1601-1850 (Woodbridge:Boydell Press for the Oxford Historical Society, 2013).
'The Learned Press: Geography, Science, and Mathematics' (with V. Feola) and 'The Bible Press', both in I. Gadd (ed.), The History of Oxford University Press, Volume One: Beginnings to 1780 (Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 308-49 and 480-509.
'Early Modern Natural Theologies', in Russell Re Manning (ed.), The Oxford Handbook to Natural Theology (Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 75-99.
'Isaac Vossius and the Septuagint', in E. Jorink and D. van Miert (eds), Isaac Vossius (1618-1689) between Science and Scholarship (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2012), pp. 85-117.
'“Bondage in Babylon”: The Bible, freedom of conscience, and ideas of civil liberty in England, c. 1640- c. 1750', in C. Bultmann and L. Danneberg (eds), Hebraistik—Hermeneutik—Homiletik. Die >>Philologia Sacra<< im frühneuzeitlichen Bibelstudium (Berlin: W. de Gruyter, 2011), pp. 469-97.
'Origen against Jerome in Early Modern Europe', in S.-P. Bergjan and K. Pollmann (eds), Patristic Tradition and Intellectual Paradigms in the Seventeenth Century (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010), pp. 105-35.
'The library of Peterhouse, Cambridge, and the problem of the spatial arrangement of knowledge during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries', in R. Felfe and K. Wagner(eds), Museum, Bibliothek, Stadtraum. Räumliche Wissensordnungen 1600-1900 (Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2010), pp. 23-76.
Codrington's Benefactions (Oxford: All Souls College, 2010).
‘The Publishing and Distribution of Religious Books by Voluntary Associations: From the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge to the British and Foreign Bible Society’, in M.F. Suarez and M.L. Turner (eds), The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, Volume 5: 1695-1830 (Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 613-30.
(ed. with J. van der Meer), Nature and Scripture in the Abrahamic Religions, 4 vols. (Leiden: Brill, 2008).
‘English Scholarship and the Greek Text of the Old Testament, 1620-1720: The Impact of Codex Alexandrinus’, in A. Hessayon and N. Keene (eds), Scripture and Scholarship in Early Modern England (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006), pp. 74-93.
Donors of Books to Peterhouse (Cambridge: Rampant Lions Press, 2005).
(ed. with M. Pelling), The Practice of Reform in Health, Medicine and Science, 1500-2000 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005).
(ed.), Newton and Newtonianism, special issue of Studies in History of Philosophy of Science, Vol. 35A.3, September 2004, pp. 415-680.
Footprints of the Lion: Isaac Newton at Work (Cambridge: Cambridge University Library, 2001).
(with J. Bennett), The Garden, the Ark, the Tower, the Temple. Biblical Metaphors of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe (Oxford: Bodleian Library, 1998).