'The reception of Erasmus in England c.1500-1550.'
My research explores the reception of Desiderius Erasmus' writings in England through the first half of the sixteenth century. It approaches the topic primarily from the perspective of readers and the evidence preserved in surviving editions of Erasmus' works from the period. As such, I am interested in marginalia, early bindings and provenance that links English readers to the scholar's writings. I look to account for the diversity of responses to Erasmus thought by analysing various communities of English readers that could be found at court, the universities, monasteries and further afield. I aim to provide an account of how individual readers tackled Erasmus' enormous output and how his works circulated in the period. My work is informed by recent scholarship on Erasmus, which not only stresses the changing nature of his output and the cultivation of his literary profile, but is also sensitive to the increasingly fraught intellectual and religious atmosphere in which his works were read.
I am grateful to the Arts and Humanities Research Council for funding my work.