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In: The Institutionalization of Science in Early Modern Europe

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Perhaps nothing better exemplifies the scholarly character of the King James Version of the Bible than the decision to exclude Hugh Broughton from among its rank of translators. Scholars have generally accounted for this omission by pointing out Broughton’s volatile personality, with some claiming that the integrity of the translation enterprise suffered owing to the exclusion of the eminent Hebraist. This essay offers a more nuanced evaluation of Broughton’s persona and scholarship. Taking his erudition as a given, it seeks to evaluate Broughton’s scholarly output and the route that brought him to advocate a Bible translation against the backdrop of his vehement efforts to defend his writings against critics and his incessant quest for patronage.

In: Erudition and the Republic of Letters
Erudition and the Making of the King James Version of the Bible
The centrality of the King James Bible to early modern culture has been widely recognized. Yet for all the vast literature devoted to the masterpiece, little attention has been paid either to the scholarly scaffolding of the translation or to the erudition of the translators. The present volume seeks to redress this neglect by focusing attention on seven key translators as well as on their intellectual milieu. Utilizing a wide range of hitherto unknown or overlooked sources, the volume furnishes not only precious new information regarding the composition and early reception of the King James Bible, but firmly situates the labours of the translators within the broad context of early modern biblical and oriental scholarship and polemics.

Contributors are James P. Carley, Mordechai Feingold, Anthony Grafton, Nicholas J. S. Hardy, Alison Knight, Jeffrey Alan Miller, William Poole, Thomas Roebuck, and Joanna Weinberg.


In: John Wilkins (1614-1672): New Essays
In: Tradition, Transmission, Transformation
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Erudition and the Republic of Letters is a peer-reviewed journal devoted primarily to the history of scholarship, intellectual history, and to the respublica literaria broadly conceived. It encapsulates multifarious aspects of higher learning as well as the manner in which such knowledge transcends confessional and geopolitical boundaries.

This seems to be a propitious time for such an enterprise, as there exists a lively, and mostly young, community of scholars who carry out excellent and exciting work. Erudition and the Republic of Letters will establish itself quickly as the premier venue of its kind, and cater to the needs and aspirations of this community, while exhibiting the viability of the subject matter to students. The journal’s policy would be to not impose arbitrary word limit, but allow the content of the essay to determine length. Also, it would encourage publication of scholarly articles as well as editions of texts, reviews etc. — from the late Middle Ages to the end of the Nineteenth Century.

Erudition and the Republic of Letters may occasionally publish a primary source but it is devoted primarily to interpretative essays and reviews. By publishing such works, it aims to expand the available scholarly resources, and further invigorate the scholarly community.

Erudition and the Republic of Letters uses double-blind peer review.
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In: For the Sake of Learning

In chronicles of early Catholic missions to England, John Hart (d.1586) comes across as something of an embarrassment. Slated to be executed alongside Edmund Campion on December 1, 1581, at the last moment Hart chose life over martyrdom. In exchange for his freedom he volunteered to spy on William Allen, president of the English College in Rheims. Equally embarrassing, in the context of the charged religious and political atmosphere of the early 1580s, when put to the test as a scholar, Hart revealed weakness instead of strength in his conference with John Rainolds. Though this basic story line is known and often summarily retold, few scholars have delved into the intricacies of the affair—an omission this article seeks to remedy.

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In: Journal of Jesuit Studies
In: Reading Newton in Early Modern Europe
In: Reading Newton in Early Modern Europe