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David F. Allen
Dr David Frank Allen taught modern history at Birmingham University before retiring to Malta. He is Honorary Associate Member of the Centre for Mediterranean Studies at Leeds University.
Francisco José Álvarez López
Francisco José Álvarez López completed his Ph.D., ‘A Comparative Analysis of the Palaeography of the Manuscripts Containing the Æthelwoldian Version of the Regula Sancti Benedicti written in England’ at the University of Manchester in 2010. He has published on a number of topics related to early Medieval English manuscripts and history. He works at the Institute of Historical Research (School of Advanced Study – University of London) and is currently researching on early bilingual books.
Jamie Andrews is Head of Modern Literary Manuscripts at the British Library, and has published on British Drama and the History of Collecting. His most recent publications include '"The Bourgeoisie is Puking up Pinter": Digesting Pinter in Paris', in Talking Drama, ed. Judith Roof (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009) and an edition of two previously unknown plays by John Osborne, Before Anger (Oberon, 2009).
Peter Anstey is Professor of Early Modern Philosophy at the University of Otago. He is currently editing (with Lawrence Principe) John Locke's writings on natural philosophy and medicine for the Clarendon edition of Locke's Works.
Janet Ashton is West European Languages team manager in Collection, Acquisition and Description, British Library, and has a research interest in Russia and Central Europe. She is the author of a work of historical fiction called The German Woman, contributed six chapters to a non-fiction study, The Grand Dukes, and has written for several historical magazines.
A. V. Beedell
Author of The Decline of the English Musician, 1788-1888: a family of English musicians in Ireland, England, Mauritius and Australia (Oxford, 1992). She was formerly education officer in the Library Services Division, New South Wales Education Department, and more recently has taught at the Universities of Leipzig and Newcastle, New South Wales.
Amy Blakeway obtained her PhD in 2009 from Cambridge University. She has been a researcher for the Sloane Printed Books Project and in August 2011 took up a post as the Fulbright Robertson Visiting Professor of British History in Westminster College, Missouri.
Dr John Boneham completed his Ph.D., 'Isaac Williams (1802-1865), the Oxford Movement and the High Churchmen: a study of his theological and devotional writings' at Bangor University in 2009 and has subsequently published articles on the history of the Oxford Movement. He has worked at Lambeth Palace Library and during 2013 was responsible for cataloguing the Dawson Turner collection of printed ephemera at the British Library. He currently works as a Reference Specialist in the British Library's News Media department.
Federico Botana is an art historian whose research focuses on late medieval and Renaissance Italian manuscripts. He currently holds a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship at the School of History, Queen Mary, University of London. After receiving his Ph.D. from The Courtauld Institute of Art, he worked on the project 'Manuscript Egerton 1500: Histories and Genealogies' at the University of Reading. His publications include The Works of Mercy in Italian Medieval Art (Brepols Publishers, 2012).
Mirjam Brusius is a collaborative doctoral candidate at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge and the Department of Manuscripts at the British Library. Here, she catalogued Talbot’s notebooks as part of the project ‘Science and the Antique in the work of William Henry Fox Talbot’. She is currently finishing her thesis ‘Preserving the Forgotten. William Henry Fox Talbot, Photography and the Antique’.
Donald Burrows is Professor of Music at The Open University, Milton Keynes (U.K.), a Vice-President of the Händelgesellschaft, and Chairman of The Handel Institute; he is currently director of the 'Handel Documents' research project based at The Open University. In 2000 he was awarded the Handel Prize of the City of Halle-an-der-Saale. His books include the 'Master Musicians' biography of the composer, and most recently Handel and the English Chapel Royal, which has been recognized as the first full-scale study of Handel's English church music. His published editions of Handel's music include the oratorios Messiah, Samson and Belshazzar, the operas Imeneo and Ariodante, the complete violin sonatas and the Suite for two harpsichords.
John Burrows is the Emeritus Professor of English in the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has worked for many years in the emerging field of computational stylistics and has received the Roberto Busa Award for computing in the humanities. He continues to develop and test new analytical procedures, some of which are employed here.
Professor in Historical Musicology at the University of Sydney. He has published many studies on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century topics and edited the complete works of Giovanni Gabrieli, Alfonso Ferrabosco, Domenico Maria Ferrabosco, Giovanni Bassano, all in the Corpus Mensurabilis Musicae series, and music by John Coprario, John Hingeston, and Thomas Lupo. His most recent monographs consist of An Annotated Catalogue of the Music Manuscripts in the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C. (Pendragon Press, 2005) and Johann Georg von Werdenstein (1542-1608): A Major Collector of Early Music Prints (Harmonie Park Press, 2006).
Dr Laura Cleaver is the Ussher Lecturer in Medieval Art at Trinity College Dublin. She is interested in a wide range works of art and architecture from the Middle Ages, but her research concentrates on relationships between art and education, and the illustration of works of history in the Anglo-Norman world in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
Dr Judith Collard is senior lecturer in the Department of Art History and Theory, University of Otago. Her research interests include gender issues in contemporary and twentieth-century art, medieval English art, medieval manuscripts, and gay and lesbian art.
John N. Crossley
Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, Australia (previously Professor of Pure Mathematics and then of Logic), John Crossley has published extensively on logic, theoretical computer science and the history of mathematics before 1700. His main intellectual interest is the development of concepts. He is currently working on Hernando de los Ríos Coronel who went to the Philippines in 1588.
Morna Daniels is a Curator, French Section, European and American Collections, British Library, and Chair of the Children's Books History Society. She is the author of Victorian Book Illustration (1988), 'The Tale of Charles Perrault and Puss in Boots', Electronic British Library Journal (2002), art 5, and 'The Search for Mrs Walton and her World', in From the Dairyman's daughter to Worrals of WAAF. The R.T.S., Lutterworth Press and Children's Literature (Lutterworth Press, 2006).
Ilya Dines is an historian whose research interests focus on medieval encyclopedism, education, and manuscripts. He currently directs the Cataloguing Project of Western Manuscripts at the National Library of Israel. After receiving his Ph.D. (A Critical Edition of the Bestiaries of the Third Family) from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he led the Theophilus Project at the Thomas Institute, University of Cologne. During the past several years at the University of Cambridge and the University of Beer Sheva he has been working on an edition of the Distinctiones Theologicae of William de Montibus. His publications include his forthcoming Westminster Bestiary: Text and Commentaries and, in collaboration with Chet Van Duzer, Apocalyptic Cartography: Thematic Maps and the End of the World in a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript.
Dr Sonja Drimmer is a lecturer in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. A specialist in late medieval and early modern manuscript illumination, she has published on manuscripts of Middle English literature and is currently at work on a book devoted to the intersection of politics and literary illustration in late medieval England. Other research interests and current projects include the post-medieval mediation of medieval artefacts, visual propaganda, and representations of history.
Erin K. Donovan
Erin K. Donovan received her Ph.D. in medieval art history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013 with a dissertation entitled 'Imagined Crusaders: The Livre d'Eracles in Fifteenth-Century Burgundian Collections'. She has previously worked as a curatorial assistant at the J. Paul Getty Museum for the exhibition Imagining the Past in France: 1250-1500 and at Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois. Her publications include an essay on the collection of Louis de Gruuthuse in Collections in Context: The Organization of Knowledge and Community in Europe (2011), two catalogue entries for Imagining the Past in France (2010) and several museum collection catalogue entries in Krannert Art Museum, Selected Works (2009).
Dr Christina Duffy is the British Library’s Imaging Scientist on the Conservation Science and Research team. She graduated with a degree in Physics with Astronomy from Dublin City University in 2007 before moving to London to undertake a Ph.D. on Meteoritics and Planetary Science. In 2012 she graduated from Imperial College London with her final thesis ‘Characterising Primitive Chondrite Components,. which described a range of analytical techniques applied to meteorite samples in the process of classification.
Klaus-Dietrich Fischer is Professor of Medical History at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. His research focuses on Latin medical and veterinary texts and their transmission between 300 and 1100 A.D. He has edited the veterinary manual of Pelagonius (4th cent.) and a number of shorter texts and compiled a supplement to the Bibliographie des Textes Médicaux Latins. Antiquité et haut moyen âge.
Dr Celina Fox is an art and cultural historian. She came across Dummer during the course of research for her most recent work, The Arts of Industry in the Age of Enlightenment (forthcoming).
Dr Joanna Frońska is an ingénieur de recherche at the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes, CNRS, Paris. She was an AHRC post-doctoral researcher for the Royal Manuscripts exhibition at the British Library and at the Warburg Institute for the Production and Reading of Music Sources project. She specializes in medieval illuminated manuscripts with particular interests in political and legal iconography.
Mark Ryan Geldof
Mark Ryan Geldof began his doctoral study at Merton College Oxford in 2012, where he studies violence and martial culture amongst English elites and gentry in the fifteenth and sixteenth century. He has published previously on texts of martial instruction and the material history of the book.
Frances Harris is a former Head of Modern Historical Manuscripts at the British Library and author of A Passion for Government: the Life of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough (Oxford, 1991) and Transformations of Love: the Friendship of John Evelyn and Margaret Godolphin (Oxford, 2003).
For the past fifteen years Dr Jaap Harskamp has been the Curator of the Dutch and Flemish collections in the British Library. He has just retired and will continue his work with early Dutch imprints at Cambridge University Library. With a background in Comparative (European) Literature, his work has been widely published. A substantial study entitled The Anatomy of Despondency: European Socio-Cultural Criticism 1789-1939 will be published by Brill later this year.
Former editor of The Salisbury Review. His books include Collision of Empires: Britain in Three World Wars 1793-1945 (London, 1992), Sex in Georgian England: Attitudes and Prejudices from the 1720s to the 1820s (London, 1994) and Arnhem (London, 2001).
Dorian Hayes is Curator of Canadian Collections and North American Literature, British Library, and has research interests in various areas, including American literature and radical culture of the 1960s, Canadian poetry, and the musical traditions of Central Africa. His PhD thesis is entitled 'The Politics of the Witness: Lee Harvey Oswald, Life-Writing and the American Left' (Norwich: University of East Anglia, 2001; BL Shelfmark: DXN047327 DSC). Recent publications include: 'Bouncing Down the Red Road: In Search of the Ballet in Central Africa' (http://www.afropop.org/multi/feature/ID/293/Ballet+Inganzo and 'Rwanda and Burundi', Rough Guide to World Music (London: 2007)
D. W. Hayton
D. W. Hayton is Professor of Early Modern Irish and British History at Queen’s University Belfast. He previously worked for the History of Parliament Trust and was one of the editors of The House of Commons 1690–1715 (Cambridge, 2002), for which he also wrote the introductory survey. He has published widely on British and Irish politics in the period c. 1680–c. 1740, including two volumes of collected essays, Ruling Ireland, 1685–1742: Politics, Politicians and Parties (Woodbridge, 2004), and The Anglo-Irish Experience, 1680–1730; Religion, Identity and Patriotism (Woodbridge, 2012).
Anne D. Hedeman
Anne D. Hedeman is Judith Harris Murphy Distinguished Professor of Art History at the University of Kansas. A specialist in late Medieval and Northern Renaissance Art and the history of the book, she has written three books, co-curated and collaborated on the catalogue for Imagining the Past in France, History in Manuscript Painting 1250-1500, an international loan exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and is completing a book, Visual Translation and the First French Humanists.
Formerly a curator in the Russian Department, Slavonic & East European Collections and latterly Reader Systems Manager at the British Library. He is currently reading for a Ph.D. in History at Queen Mary College, University of London.
Dr Felicity Henderson is Events and Exhibitions Manager at the Royal Society of London. Her academic interests include manuscript culture, bibliography, satire, seventeenth-century institutions, and the social history of science in seventeenth-century England.
Dr Frances Henderson is a consultant in early modern shorthands. She has written a number of articles on the subject and is the editor of Clarke Papers V: Further Selections from the Papers of William Clarke (Cambridge, 2005). She was the shorthand transcriber for The Entring Book of Roger Morrice, edited by Mark Goldie, 6 vols (Woodbridge, 2007).
Jonathan E. Hill
Jonathan E. Hill is Emeritus Professor of English, St Olaf College, Northfield, MN 55057, USA. His research interests have in the past included British romantic literature, Georgian graphic satire, and book illustration. He now concentrates on the history of the book, in particular low cost binding in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Paul Holden is House and Collections Manager for the National Trust at Lanhydrock House in Cornwall. He has published widely on architectural history and curatorial issues in Apollo, Country Life, Furniture History, Georgian Group Journal, Hampshire Studies, Journal of Liberal History, Royal Institute of Cornwall Journal and Parliamentary History. His most recent publications include The Lanhydrock Atlas (Cornwall Editions, 2010) and "Of Things Old and New": The Work of Richard Coad and James M MacLaren’, in Jason Edwards and Imogen Hart (eds.), The Aesthetic Interior (Ashgate, 2010) and is working on a full transcription of Samuel Molyneux’s letters for publication by the London Topographical Society in 2011.
Alexander Ibarz is a Hispanist who has completed a Leverhulme-funded project at Reading University (2011-2013). He teaches Spanish and Catalan part-time at Sheffield (TILL). His Ph.D. 'Ausias March and the Troubadour Question' (Cambridge, 2005), supervised by Anthony Close (1937-2010), contributes a comparative assessment of Occitan influence in medieval Catalan poetry. He has published articles and chapters on Catalan and Occitan (two genetically-related, minoritized Romance literary languages, the latter in the throes of language death). His main interest is the intersection of language, culture and history; specially: the relation holding among spoken dialect and literary koine, the predecessor of the standard language(s).
Deirdre Jackson, who has worked as a research associate at the University of Oxford, and at the British Library, completed her PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, with a doctoral thesis on the Cantigas de Santa Maria, a lavishly illustrated collection of miracles of the Virgin Mary, commissioned by King Alfonso X of Castile-León (d. 1284). Her research encompasses fables, folklore, and miracle tales and their representation in medieval art. She is the author of Marvellous to Behold: Miracles in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2007) and Lion (Reaktion Books, 2010), a social, cultural, and natural history of the king of beasts.
Dr Catherine Jeffreys, a musicologist by training, is an honorary research associate in the School of Historical Studies, Monash University, Australia, working on medieval music theory with Professor Mews, focusing in particular on Guy of Saint-Denis.
Miles Johnson and A.D. Harvey
Miles Johnson was born in London in 1985 and was educated at City of London Boys' School. He is currently reading History and Linguistics at Edinburgh University. A. D. Harvey was born in 1947. His books include Britain in the Early Nineteenth Century (1978) and Collision of Empires: Britain in Three World Wars 1793-1945 (1992).
Clyve Jones is an honorary fellow of the Institute of Historical Research and has been the editor of the journal Parliamentary History since 1986. He has published extensively on the history of the House of Lords and of the peerage in the early eighteenth century.
Dorothy Kim is an Assistant Professor of English at Vassar College. She has published on manuscript collector Charles Theyer and on the provenance history of British Library, Royal MS. 17 A. XXVII. She is project co-director for the digital Archive of Early Middle English. She currently is finishing her book monograph, Ancrene Wisse and the Jews, as a Fellow at the University of Michigan Frankel Institute of Advanced Judaic Studies.
Peter Murray Jones
Peter Jones is Fellow and Librarian of King's College, Cambridge. A former curator in the Department of Manuscripts, he is the author of Medieval Medicine in Illuminated Manuscripts (British Library, 1998).
Eileen A. Joy
Eileen A. Joy is an Assistant Professor of English at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and is currently at work on a book on Beowulf and cultural studies, Beowulf in the Palm at the End of the Mind, as well as a casebook of contemporary critical approaches to Beowulf, The Postmodern 'Beowulf'.
Peter Kidd was formerly a curator of medieval and renaissance manuscripts at the Bodleian and British Libraries. Recent and current research centres on illuminated manuscripts spanning the 11th to 15th centuries, particularly what they reveal about the working methods of medieval scribes and artists.
Greg King is a historian based in Everett, Washington, whose works focus on high society, royal and imperial Russian history. He is the author of twelve books, including a number of specialized studies on the last years of the Romanov Dynasty.
Senior Lecturer in Hispanic and Catalan Studies at the University of Bristol. She has published a number of studies in the field of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Spanish literature and intellectual history, the most recent of which include 'El Diario español de Lady Elizabeth Holland: observaciones y experiencias de la cultura española de la primera década del siglo diecinueve', in María del Val González de la Peña (ed.), Mujer y cultura escrita: Del mito al siglo XXI (Gijón, 2005), and 'Power, Opposition and Enlightenment in Moratín's El sí de las niñas', Bulletin of Spanish Studies (forthcoming).
Olivier de Laborderie
Dr Olivier de Laborderie teaches history and geography at a secondary school near Paris and was a part-time lecturer in medieval history at the Université Paris-Est Créteil from 2001 to 2013. He has published several articles on English medieval historiography and the representation of kingship. His Ph.D. thesis, which was supervised by Jacques Le Goff and submitted in 2002 at the EHESS, has recently been published under the title Histoire, mémoire et pouvoir. Les généalogies en rouleau des rois d’Angleterre (1250-1422) (Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2013).
Leanne Langley is a social and cultural historian of music in Britain, 1750-1950. She has published on English music journals, writers, criticism and lexicography, as well as on concert repertory, audiences and players.
Formerly a university lecturer and a senior editor for Macmillan, she is currently Associate Fellow in the Institute of Musical Research, University of London, and a Vice-President of the Royal Musical Association. Her research now centres on a history of public orchestral culture in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century London, chiefly through initiatives at Queen's Hall, Langham Place (1893-1941).
Catherine Léglu is Professor of Medieval French and Occitan Literature at the University of Reading (UK). She has published on troubadour poetry, and on later medieval poetry and prose, most recently in her book Multilingualism and Mother Tongue in Medieval French, Occitan and Catalan Narratives (Penn State UP, 2010). Her current work focuses on the compilation of translations into Occitan that survives as British Library Eg. MS. 1500 and Add. MS. 17920 (a research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust in 2010-13). Other research interests include medieval translation and adaptation, as well as word-and-image relations.
Ph. D. in history and history of art. Lecturer in the Institute of Art History in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin. Her research interests focus on the functions of art and its position in society. Her principal publications are devoted to these aspects in craft, painting and graphic art. In recent years the leading subject of her interest has become the Polish and foreign jewellery, considered in its social, artistic and aesthetic functions, but also as an object of material culture of its time, perceived from the point of view of the techniques and performance technologies of that time.
Sjoerd Levelt studied Dutch and English Medieval Studies at the University of Amsterdam, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Oxford. He completed his Ph.D at the Warburg Institute, with a study of the late medieval chronicle tradition of Holland and its continuations in the early modern period. A revised version of his dissertation has been published as Jan van Naaldwijk’s Chronicles of Holland: Transformation and Continuation in the Historical Tradition of Holland during the Early Sixteenth Century (Hilversum, 2011).
J. P. Losty
J. P. Losty was Head of Visual Arts in the British Library until he retired in 2005. His research focuses on painting and manuscripts in India from the 11th to the 19th centuries. He co-authored the book accompanying the British Library exhibition Mughal India: Art. Culture and Empire (2012). His latest book on another 19th century Indian artist Sita Ram will appear in 2015.
Diana Luft is a research fellow at the School of Welsh, Cardiff University. Her article is part of a larger research project funded by a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship looking at the way medieval Welsh prose texts were treated in the early modern period and the eighteenth century.
Tristan Major is Assistant Professor of English Literature at Qatar University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Medieval Studies in 2010 from the University of Toronto and was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia in 2011. His research focuses on early medieval Latin and English literature.
Francesca is Researcher in History of Medieval Art at "Sapienza" University of Rome, where she teaches History of illumination. She has worked as an author and part of the editorial staff in the Enciclopedia dell'arte Medievale, and she is part of the editorial staff of the journal Arte Medievale. Her research focuses on liturgical and devotional books and she has published extensively on illumination in Avignon and Italy, in particular Lombardy, the Abruzzi, Naples and Rome. She is now working on Italian Books of Hours and on Late Gothic illumination in Central Italy. Her books include L'Arte ad Avignone al tempo dei papi. 1310-1410 and Immagini di San Francesco in uno Speculum Humanae salvationis del Trecento, written with Chiara Frugoni. Among her recent publications on books of hours: 'Le Psautier et Livre d'Heures de Jeanne I d'Anjou. Pratiques françaises de dévotion et exaltation dynastique à la cour de Naples', Art de l'Enluminure, xxxii (2010), pp. 2-73.
Noel Malcolm is a Senior Research Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He is the author of Aspects of Hobbes (Oxford, 2002) and, with Jacqueline Stedall, of John Pell (1611-1685) and his Correspondence with Sir Charles Cavendish (Oxford, 2005).
Constant J. Mews
Professor in the School of Historical Studies and Director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology, Monash University, Australia, Constant J. Mews has published widely on European intellectual and religious history in the twelfth century, but is increasingly working on the development of educational ideas in the thirteenth century. He directs a research group concerned with the relationship between music theory and the sciences in the medieval period, with particular reference to Grocheio and Guy of St-Denis.
Femke Molekamp is currently undertaking an Arts and Humanities Research Council collaborative doctoral project at the University of Sussex and the British Library. The subject of her thesis is early modern women and the Geneva Bible.
David Morphet has a long-standing interest in the Quarterly Review and in the career of the Rt Hon. John Wilson Croker, who wrote extensively for the Review. He is the author of a biography of Louis Jennings, the editor of the Croker Papers; and has published several collections of poetry.
Margaret Mulvihill is an historian, editor and novelist. She has written on Charlotte Despard (1989), Mussolini (1990), and The French Revolution (1989). Her novels include Saint Patrick's Daughter (1993).
Catriona Murray gained her Ph.D. in History of Art from the University of Edinburgh (2012). Her principal research interests lie in the field of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British visual and material culture, with special focus on art and authority, early modern memory and issues of identity. She has published several articles on visual culture at the Stuart court and held a junior fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research (2011-12).
Felicity Myrone is Curator of Topography at the British Library. She has published: 'Introductions to Constable's English Landscape', Print Quarterly, vol. XXIV, no.3, September 2007, pp. 273-77; 'A Print by Francis Hayman Rediscovered'. Print Quarterly, 24 (4) December 2007, pp. 426-428; and 'The Monarch of the Plain': Paul Sandby and Topography, in John Bonehill and Stephen Daniels (eds), Paul Sandby (1731-1809): Picturing Britain (London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2009), pp. 56-64.
Emeritus Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Feste d’Oltrarno: Plays in Churches in Fifteenth-Century Florence (1996) and, with Barbara Wisch, of Acting on Faith: The Confraternity of the Gonfalone in Renaissance Rome (2013). She continues to work on Florentine sacre rappresentazioni.
Laura Nuvoloni is one of the curators and cataloguers in the Department of Manuscripts of the British Library. She has been the Project Officer of the Guilford Project and of the Medieval Medical Harley Manuscripts Project. Her specialist field of research is the production of manuscripts in Renaissance Italy with particular regard for their palaeographical, codicological and decorative aspects
David Paisey retired from the British Library in 1993, and compiled its catalogue of German books of the seventeenth century (1994). He has written extensively on the history of the book in Germany.
Prior to her retirement, Avril Pedley spent all her working life in a variety of libraries and archives, most notably the Maryland Historical Society (USA), St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and St Peter’s School in York. She bought the Grose Family Papers at auction in 1970, and has published several articles on their contents and a complete book (A Georgian Marriage: The Family Papers of Sir Nash and Lady Grose, 1761-1814) in 2007.
Maud Pérez-Simon is Assistant Professor of Medieval Studies at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3. She holds a doctorate in French Medieval Literatures and Languages, and another in Art History. Consequently, her work centres around the interrelation between text and image in medieval and contemporary literatures, as well as on the mechanics of visual rhetoric. Her interest in medieval languages has led her to collaborate in projects in Europe and North America, most notably at Princeton University where she spent an entire academic year as an invited scholar working on The Charrette Project, a grammatico-rhetorical searchable database, of which she is a Board Member. Her critical work on the Roman d'Alexandre en prose will be published later this year in France by Champion.
Catherine Pickett was Head of Western Language Collections in the Asian and African Studies department until March 2011, having previously worked as a cataloguer in the India Office Library from the early 1970s. She is the compiler of Bibliography of the East India Company: Books, Pamphlets and Other Materials Printed between 1600 and 1785 (British Library, 2011), which was ‘Highly Commended’ at the 2012 CILIP Information Services Group Reference Awards.
Sarah Pittaway is a Ph.D. student in the English Department at the University of Birmingham. Her research interests are text and image in vernacular illustrated manuscripts. Her thesis offers the first detailed study of Lydgate’s Fall of Princes, Harl. MS. 1766, and uses text-image analysis to offer a highly politicized reading of the text.
Graham Pont is a philosopher specializing in the history and aesthetics of music and architecture. For thirty years he taught in the General Education programme at the University of New South Wales. His publications on Handel extend over a similar period.
William Poole is Fellow and Tutor in English at New College, Oxford. He is interested in early modern literary, intellectual, and scientific history, as well as the study of book and manuscript provenance in the period. He is currently investigating provenance connections between the British Library and the Bodleian Library, especially those arising from the thousands of Sir Hans Sloane's duplicates dispatched to the Bodleian Library in the first four decades of the eighteenth century.
Ben Pope is a Ph.D. student at Durham University researching the relations between townspeople and the rural nobility in late medieval Germany. Prior to this he studied for a BA in History and German at Oxford University and for an MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at University College London.
Emeritus Professor of Anglo-Saxon, University of Keele. Author of The Art and Background of Old English Poetry (1978), Anglo-Saxon Crucifixion Iconography and the Art of the Monastic Revival (1990) and Trinity and Incarnation in Anglo-Saxon Art and Thought (1997).
Dunstan Roberts has recently completed a doctorate in Renaissance Literature at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He is currently the research assistant on a Cambridge-based and AHRC-funded project, examining National Trust libraries in the context of the Grand Tour. His work, more generally, addresses the history of books, libraries, and readers in the early modern period.
Dr Ekaterina Rogatchevskaia is Lead East European Curator (Russian) at the British Library. She has published on early Russian literature, Russian émigré literature, the history of the British Library Russian collections and was an associate editor of the Oxford Companion to the Book (ed. M. F. Suarez and H. R. Woudhuysen, OUP, 2010).
Kathryn M. Rudy
Kathryn M. Rudy has written extensively about Northern European manuscripts and their functions. Her books and articles treat real and virtual pilgrimages, the word as image, and proverbs in medieval marginalia. Her most recent work discusses the relationships between images, rubrics, and indulgences. She is Lecturer in Art History at the University of St Andrews
David J. Shaw
David Shaw is a former President of the Bibliographical Society. He was Secretary of the Consortium of European Research Libraries from 2002 to 2009 after retiring as Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Kent. He researches in particular on the history of printing in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and is preparing a catalogue of the British Library’s books printed in France between 1501 and 1520. Web site: www.djshaw.co.uk; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keith Vincent Smith
Australian historian Dr Keith Vincent Smith is the author of King Bungaree: A Sydney Aborigine meets the Great South Pacific Explorers, 1799-1830 (Kenthurst, 1992), Bennelong: The Coming in of the Eora, Sydney Cove 1788-1792 (East Roseville, 2001) and Mari Nawi: Aboriginal Odysseys (2010). He was senior researcher of the first episode of the SBS television documentary ‘First Australians’ (2008). His Ph.D. thesis in Indigenous Studies (Macquarie University, Sydney, 2008) was titled ’Mari Nawi (“Big Canoes”): Aboriginal voyagers in Australia’s maritime history, 1788-1855’. He curated an exhibition on the same theme at the Mitchell Galleries, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 September to 12 December 2010.
John Spence completed his Ph. D, 'Re-imagining History in Anglo-Norman Prose Chronicles', at Pembroke College and the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, in 2006. He has published several articles on historical literature from late medieval England, including in English Manuscript Studies and Reading Medieval Studies. He works as a civil servant for the Welsh Assembly Government.
Marvin Spevack held a chair in English Philology at the University of Münster. After books on Shakespeare, James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, Isaac D'Israeli, and Sidney Lee, he has published The Works of Francis Turner Palgrave: A Descriptive Survey (2012).
Mika Takiguchi is associate professor at Meiji University in Tokyo. She completed her Ph.D., entitled ‘Illuminated Gospel Books and the Perception of the Role of Images in Byzantium’, at the Courtauld Institute in 2003. Through her doctoral research, she investigated Byzantine Gospel manuscripts in the British Library, and a book based on her Ph.D. dissertation is being prepared for publication in Japanese.
Simone Testa has completed a Ph.D. in the Italian Department at Royal Holloway, on the editio princeps of the Thesoro Politico (1589). He is currently full-time post-doctoral research assistant on the Royal Holloway-British Library collaborative project 'Italian Academies 1530-1700. A Themed Collection Database'.
Colin G. C. Tite
Colin G. C. Tite is the author of The Manuscript Library of Sir Robert Cotton (The Panizzi Lectures 1993) (London, 1994) and The Early Records of Sir Robert Cotton’s Library: Formation, Cataloguing, Use (London, 2003), and the editor of Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Cottonian Library 1696 (Cambridge, 1984).
Linda Ehrsam Voigts
Linda Ehrsam Voigts, Curators' Professor of English Emerita at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, publishes on late medieval scientific and medical writing, both in Middle English and in Latin. She is responsible with Patricia Deery Kurtz for Scientific and Medical Writings in Old and Middle English: An Electronic Reference, CD (Ann Arbor, 2000). A second edition will be hosted online by the US National Library of Medicine, as will an electronic version of Thorndike and Kibre's Catalogue of Incipits of Mediaeval Scientific Writings in Latin, for which she is chief editor.
Dr Jörg Völlnagel studied Art History and History, and has been since 2002 associate curator at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (State Museums in Berlin), Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Heritage Trust). He co-curated various exhibitions, among them ‘Melancholy. Genius and Madness in Art’ (2006), ‘Immortal! The Cult of the Artist’ (2008/09), and recently ‘The Art of Enlightenment’ (2011).
Alison Tara Walker
Alison Tara Walker holds a doctorate in medieval literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Theological Studies/Center for Digital Theology, Saint Louis University. Her research includes late medieval and early Tudor political culture, digital humanities, and manuscript studies.
Dr Colin White is the Director of the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth. From 1999 to 2005, he directed The Nelson Letters Project, based at the National Maritime Museum, in the course of which some 1,500 unpublished Nelson letters were located. He published the results of his research in Nelson: The new letters in 2005, which was awarded the Distinguished Book Prize by the Society of Military Historians in 2006. Dr White is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Historical Society and a Vice President of the Navy Records Society and The 1805 Club. He has recently been appointed Visiting Professor of Maritime History at the University of Portsmouth.
Hanno Wijsman is ‘ingénieur d’étude’ at the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (IRHT-CNRS) in Paris and associated researcher at the Institute for History at Leiden University. He has published several book-length studies and a series of articles in the field of the cultural, political and social history of the Low Countries and France, with special attention to the history of the book, libraries, and court culture (14th -16th centuries).
Dr Carol Williams, trained as a musicologist, is Senior Lecturer in the School of Historical Studies, Monash University, Australia. Her particular research interests are in medieval music theory and performance practice. She works on medieval music theory with Professor Mews, focusing in particular on Guy of Saint-Denis.
I. R. Willison
Ian Willison is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, University of London. He was Head of the Rare Books Branch, then Head of the English Language Branch, of the British Library from 1974 to 1987.
Catherine Yvard has worked on digitization projects at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, the Bodleian Library in Oxford and the British Library in London, cataloguing medieval illuminated manuscripts. She specializes in the study of late medieval Books of Hours and is particularly interested in the transition from manuscript to print, and the transmission of patterns through time and space. Since 2008, she has been managing the Gothic Ivories Project at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.