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date: 15 October 2019

(p. xvii) Notes on Contributors

(p. xvii) Notes on Contributors

Alastair Bellany is Professor of History at Rutgers University. He is the author of The Politics of Court Scandal in Early Modern England: News Culture and the Overbury Affair, 1603–1660 (2002); the co-author (with Thomas Cogswell) of The Murder of King James I (2015); and the co-editor (with Andrew McRae) of Early Stuart Libels: An Edition of Poetry from Manuscript Sources (2005).

Christopher Brooks was Professor of History at Durham University from 1980 to 2014. His books Pettyfoggers and Vipers of the Commonwealth: The ‘Lower Branch’ of the Legal Profession in Early Modern England (1986) and Lawyers, Litigation and English Society since 1450 (1998) helped to revolutionize the study of legal history by resetting the focus on access to justice and court usage by ordinary people. His substantial monograph, Law, Politics and Society in Early Modern England (2009) used legal thought and practice as a way of re-interpreting social and political relationships in the period from the accession of the Tudors to the outbreak of the English Civil Wars in 1642. At the time of his death of a heart attack in 2014, Chris Brooks was working on a major study of the English law 1625 to 1688 for the Oxford History of the Laws of England.

Martin Butler is Professor of English Renaissance Drama at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Theatre and Crisis 1632–1642 (1984) and The Stuart Court Masque and Political Culture (2008), and, with David Bevington and Ian Donaldson, is General Editor of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson (7 vols, 2012).

Alan Cromartie is Professor of the History of Political Thought at the University of Reading. His publications on the history of English political thought and the history of ideas more generally include Sir Matthew Hale: Law, Religion, and Natural Philosophy (1995) and The Constitutionalist Revolution: An Essay on the History of England (2006), and Liberal Wars: Anglo-American Strategy, Ideology and Practice (2015). He has also edited Thomas Hobbes, A Dialogue between a Philosopher and a Student, of the Common Laws of England for the Clarendon Edition of the Works of Thomas Hobbes.

Frances E. Dolan is Distinguished Professor of English at UC, Davis. She is the author of five books, most recently True Relations: Reading, Literature, and Evidence in Seventeenth-Century England (2013), which won the John Ben Snow prize from the North American Conference on British Studies. Other books include Twelfth Night: Language and Writing (2014); Marriage and Violence: The Early Modern Legacy (2008); Whores of Babylon: Catholicism, Gender, and Seventeenth-Century Print Culture (p. xviii) (1999; 2005); and Dangerous Familiars: Representations of Domestic Crime in England, 1550–1700 (1994).

Martin Dzelzainis is Professor of Renaissance Literature and Thought at the University of Leicester. He is currently editing the Histories for The Complete Works of John Milton; Andrew Marvell’s verse and prose for the Oxford Twenty-First-Century Authors series; and (with Edward Holberton) The Oxford Handbook of Andrew Marvell (all for Oxford University Press). He is also General Editor, with Paul Seaward, of the Oxford edition of The Works of Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon.

Kathy Eden is Chavkin Family Professor of English and Professor of Classics at Columbia University. Her books include Poetic and Legal Fiction in the Aristotelian Tradition (1986); Hermeneutics and the Rhetorical Tradition: Chapters in the Ancient Legacy and Its Humanist Reception (1997); Friends Hold All Things in Common: Tradition, Intellectual Property and the ‘Adages’ of Erasmus (2001); and The Renaissance Rediscovery of Intimacy (2012).

Peter Goodrich is a Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Law and Humanities, Cardozo School of Law, New York. His previous books include Reading the Law (1986); Legal Discourse (1982); Oedipus Lex (1996); and more recently Laws of Love (2006); and, with Christian Delage, The Scene of Mass Crime: History, Film and International Tribunals (2012).

Paul D. Halliday is Julian Bishko Professor of History and Professor of Law at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Habeas corpus: From England to Empire (2010), among other works.

Edward Holberton is a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Bristol. He is the author of Poetry and the Cromwellian Protectorate: Culture, Politics and Institutions (2009). With Martin Dzelzainis he is currently editing The Oxford Handbook of Andrew Marvell, and his research includes work on the relationship between Marvell and the diplomatic sphere, and a monograph project on literature, empire, and the Atlantic world during the period 1630–1740.

Robert A. Houston was born in Hamilton, Scotland, lived in India and Ghana and was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and St Andrews University before spending six years at Cambridge University as a research student (Peterhouse) and research fellow (Clare College). He has worked at the University of St Andrews since 1983 and is Professor of Early Modern History, specializing in British social history. He is a fellow of both the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Scotland’s national academy), and a Member of the Academia Europaea. He is married to a university manager and lives in Edinburgh.

Daniel J. Hulsebosch (PhD, JD) is a legal and constitutional historian whose scholarship ranges from the early modern British Empire to the nineteenth-century United States and explores the relationships between migration, transnational sources of law, (p. xix) and the development of legal institutions and doctrines. His first book, Constituting Empire: New York and the Transformation of Constitutionalism in the Atlantic World, 1664–1830 (2005), examined the intersection of constitutionalism and imperial expansion. He is now co-authoring a book entitled, ‘A Civilized Nation’: The International Dimensions of American Constitution-Making, 1774–1816, which explores the intersection between the law of nations and American constitutionalism in the founding era.

Lorna Hutson is Merton Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford. She has taught at the Universities of St Andrews, UC Berkeley, Hull, and Queen Mary, London. With Victoria Kahn she edited Rhetoric and Law in Early Modern Europe (2001); and with Erica Sheen Literature, Politics and Law in Renaissance England (2005). Her books include The Invention of Suspicion: Law and Mimesis in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama (2007); and Circumstantial Shakespeare (2015).

David Ibbetson has been Regius Professor of Civil Law at the University of Cambridge since 2000, having formerly taught at the University of Oxford, and is currently President of Clare Hall. His research interest is broadly in the history of law, with a particular focus on England in the early modern period.

Norma Landau is Professor of History at UC, Davis. Her publications include The Justices of the Peace 1679–1760 (1984); Law, Crime, and English Society, 1660–1815 (2002); ‘Indictment for Fun and Profit: A Prosecutor’s Reward at Eighteenth-Century Quarter Sessions’, Law and History Review (1999); ‘Who Was Subjected to the Laws of Settlement?’, Agricultural History Review (1995); and ‘The Context of the Laws of Settlement’, Continuity and Change (1992).

James McBain is an SNF researcher at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and a Research Associate of St Catherine’s College, Oxford, contributing to the Early Drama at Oxford project (<>), which he co-founded. He has published widely on late medieval and early modern drama and is the co-editor, with Elisabeth Dutton, of Drama and Pedagogy (2015).

Margaret McGlynn is Associate Professor of History at Western University in Ontario. Her research interests focus on common lawyers’ understanding of the ways in which medieval ideas and structures could be made to work in the sixteenth century, often starting with the ways in which they taught the law. She has recently published The Rights and Liberties of the English Church: Readings from the Pre-Reformation Inns of Court with the Selden Society and is currently completing a project on the common law development of sanctuary and benefit of clergy under the early Tudors.

Bernadette Meyler is the Carl and Sheila Spaeth Professor of Law at Stanford University, where she teaches and writes on constitutional law and law and the humanities, focusing in particular on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English and American common law and constitutionalism. Prior to arriving at Stanford, she served as a Professor of Law and English at Cornell University and the inaugural Mellon/LAPA Fellow in Law and (p. xx) the Humanities at Princeton University. She received her JD from Stanford and a PhD in English from UC, Irvine.

Mary Nyquist is Professor at the University of Toronto, where she teaches in the Centre for Comparative Literature, the Department of English, and the Literature and Critical Theory Program. Her research involves close textual analysis and centres on intersections among early modern or enlightenment literature, Euro-colonialism, law, and political philosophy. Awarded the Milton Society’s title of ‘Honored Scholar’ in 2011 (an achievement award not confined to Milton studies), she recently co-edited with Feisal Mohamed Milton and Questions of History: Essays by Canadians Past and Present (2012), which won the Irene Samuel prize; and published Arbitrary Rule: Slavery, Tyranny, and the Power of Life and Death (2013).

Joshua Phillips is Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department at the University of Memphis. He is the author of English Fictions of Communal Identity, 1485–1603 and has published articles on Spenser, Shakespeare, More, Montaigne, and on early modern culture and literature. He is currently at work on a book about monasticism and literature in post-Reformation England.

Paul Raffield is Professor of Law at the University of Warwick. He has published extensively in the fields of Law and Literature and Legal History. He is the author of Shakespeare’s Imaginary Constitution: Late Elizabethan Politics and the Theatre of Law (2010); and Images and Cultures of Law in Early Modern England: Justice and Political Power, 1558–1660 (2004). His next monograph, The Art of Law in Shakespeare, will be published by Hart/Bloomsbury in 2017. He is co-editor of Law and Humanities and a member of the Italian Cultural Association for the Study of Law and Literature.

Joad Raymond is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London. He has written and edited books about Milton, pamphlet culture, and the history of news. He is presently editing Milton’s Latin defences for Oxford University Press’s in-progress Complete Works of John Milton, and writing a history of news communication in early modern Europe for Penguin Books.

Jason P. Rosenblatt, Emeritus Professor of English at Georgetown University, is the author of Renaissance England’s Chief Rabbi: John Selden (2006); Torah and Law in ‘Paradise Lost’ (1994); co-editor of a book on biblical narrative, ‘Not in Heaven’ (1991); and editor of Milton’s Selected Poetry and Prose (2010). He is at present co-editing Selden’s Table Talk and working on a book on Selden and Milton, about scholarly and poetic genius.

Carolyn Sale is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. Her work on early modern women writers and the law includes ‘The “Roman Hand”: Women, Writing and the Law in the Att.-Gen. v. Chatterton and the Letters of the Lady Arbella Stuart’, ELH, 70 (2003); and chapters in The History of British Women’s Writing, Vol. 2: 1500–1610 (2010) and in Shakespeare (p. xxi) and Judgment, ed. Kevin Curran (2016). She is completing the book manuscript ‘The Literary Commons: The Law and the Writer in Early Modern England, 1528–1628’.

Ethan H. Shagan is Professor of History at UC, Berkeley. He is the author of Popular Politics and the English Reformation (2003); The Rule of Moderation: Violence, Religion and the Politics of Restraint in Early Modern England (2011); and A History of Modern Belief, which is forthcoming from Princeton University Press.

Barbara J. Shapiro is Professor of Rhetoric, emerita and Professor in the Graduate School at UC, Berkeley. Her publications include Probability and Certainty in Seventeenth Century England (1983); ‘ Beyond Reasonable Doubt’ and ‘Probable Cause’: Historical Perspectives on the Anglo-American Law of Evidence (1991); A Culture of Fact: England, 1500–1720 (2000); and Political Communication and Political Culture in England, 1558–1688 (2012). Recent articles deal with oaths in early modern English legal settings and the eighteenth-century contribution to the legal doctrine of beyond reasonable doubt. She is currently doing research and writing on law reform in England 1500–1740.

James Sharpe took his BA and DPhil in Modern History at Oxford. He is a Professor at the University of York and has published extensively on the history of crime in the early modern period. He has also researched and published extensively on early modern English witchcraft, and is the author of Early Modern England: A Social History 1550–1760 (2nd edn, 1997). More recently he is working on the history of violence, and has published A Fiery and Furious People: A History of Violence in England (2016).

Quentin Skinner is the Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities at Queen Mary University of London. Among his books are The Foundations of Modern Political Thought (1978); Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes (1996); Liberty Before Liberalism (1998); Machiavelli (2000); Hobbes and Republican Liberty (2008); Forensic Shakespeare (2014); and a three-volume collection of essays, Visions of Politics (2002).

Nigel Smith is William and Annie S. Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature at Princeton University. His major works are Andrew Marvell: The Chameleon (2010); Is Milton better than Shakespeare? (2008); the Longman Annotated English Poets edition of Andrew Marvell’s Poems (2003; rev. 2007); Literature and Revolution in England, 1640–1660 (1994); and Perfection Proclaimed: Language and Literature in English Radical Religion 1640–1660 (1989). He has also edited the Journal of George Fox (1998); and the Ranter pamphlets (1983; rev. 2014); and co-edited with Sara S. Poor, Mysticism and Reform 1400–1750 (2015); and with Nicholas McDowell, the Oxford Handbook to Milton (2009).

Virginia Lee Strain is Assistant Professor of English at Loyola University of Chicago. Her publications include ‘The Ensnared Subject and the General Pardon Statute in Late Elizabethan Literature’, in Taking Exception to the Law: Materializing Injustice in Early Modern English Literature, ed. Don Beecher et al. (2011); and The Winter’s Tale and the (p. xxii) Oracle of the Law’, ELH (2011). Her book, Perfecting the Law: Legal Reform and Literature in Shakespeare’s England, is forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press.

Tim Stretton completed law and history degrees at the University of Adelaide and is currently Professor of History at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is the author of Women Waging Law in Elizabethan England (1998); the editor of a Camden Series volume, Marital Litigation in the Court of Requests, 1542–1642 (2008); and co-editor with Krista Kesselring of Married Women and the Law: Coverture in England and the Common Law World (2013). His other publications include essays on masculinity, debt litigation, and Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

Henry S. Turner is Professor of English at Rutgers University, where he specializes in Renaissance drama, the history of science, and intellectual history more generally. He is the author of The English Renaissance Stage: Geometry, Poetics, and the Practical Spatial Arts, 1580–1630 (2006); Shakespeare’s Double Helix (2008); and The Corporate Commonwealth: Pluralism and Political Fictions in England, 1516–1651 (2016). He is the editor of The Culture of Capital: Property, Cities, and Knowledge in Early Modern England (2002); and Early Modern Theatricality (2012). He is currently working on several projects: on corporations in contemporary American culture, on Renaissance theories of fiction and art, and on Ben Jonson.

Elliott Visconsi is Associate Professor of English, Concurrent Associate Professor of Law and Chief Academic Digital Officer in the Provost’s Office at the University of Notre Dame. He works broadly on early modern English and American literature, law, and political thought as well as a range of topics related to the First Amendment and freedom of speech in the digital age. He leads Notre Dame’s digital strategy and is the co-founder of Luminary Digital Media, publisher of teaching and learning software with special emphasis on Shakespeare. His first book Lines of Equity: Fiction and the Origins of Law in Restoration England was published in 2008; articles have appeared in venues such as Representations, Raritan, ELH, and Law & Literature.

Christopher N. Warren is an Associate Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. His book Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580–1680 was published in 2015. Warren is co-founder of the digital humanities project Six Degrees of Francis Bacon, and his work has appeared in English Literary Renaissance, The Seventeenth Century, Digital Humanities Quarterly, Humanity, and the European Journal of International Law. He has held visiting fellowships at Keble College, Oxford, the University of Chicago, and NUI Galway’s Moore Institute, and he directs the Pittsburgh Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Ian Williams is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Laws, University College, London and has been a College Lecturer at Christ’s College, Cambridge, and a Francis Bacon fellow at the Huntington Library. He was awarded the David Yale prize by the Selden Society in 2013.

Luke Wilson is Associate Professor of English at Ohio State University where he specializes in Renaissance literature, particularly in relation to legal history. His book, (p. xxiii) Theaters of Intention: Drama and the Law in Early Modern England (2000), explores the sometimes obscure and often crazy relation between legal documents and the drama of the period. Since Theaters of Intention, he has published on a variety of topics in early modern literature and law: insurance law and theatrical risk; Macbeth and anti-natalism; manslaughter, ‘tool abuse’, and literary premeditation; and the changing logic of monetary compensation for bodily injuries from the Anglo-Saxon period to the early eighteenth century.

Jessica Winston is Professor of English at Idaho State University. Her research focuses on early modern literature and drama, especially the literary culture of the Inns of Court. She is coeditor of Elizabethan Seneca: Three Tragedies (2012) and author of Lawyers at Play: Literature, Law, and Politics at the Early Modern Inns of Court, 1558–1581 (2016).

Andrew Zurcher is Fellow and Director of Studies in English at Queens’ College, Cambridge. A longstanding interest in the influence of legal language and practice on the works of early modern English poets and dramatists, including Spenser, Donne, Shakespeare, Middleton, and Milton, culminated in the monographs Spenser’s Legal Language (2007) and Shakespeare and Law (2010). In addition to several ongoing editorial projects, his current work focuses on the ways in which early modern legal and literary writers imagined, negotiated, and represented the relation between persons and material things.

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