Dr David Rundle joined the University of Kent in 2018 as Lecturer in Latin and Manuscript Studies in the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. He is a Renaissance historian and a palaeographer. He is currently working on a catalogue of the manuscripts of Magdalen College, Oxford with Ralph Hanna. His monograph, The Renaissance Reform of the Book and Britain, was published with Cambridge University Press in 2019, as part of their Studies in Palaeography series.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. In Italy, it was the sunshine of the Renaissance. In England, it was the waning of the middle ages. But is that true? This lecture will consider the engagement of the English in activities developed on the other side of Europe by looking, in particular, at the Renaissance reform of the book.