bonæ litteræ: occasional writing from David Rundle, Renaissance scholar

Book Reviews by David Rundle

Below is a listing of my book reviews, arranged, as with my publications, in reverse chronological order. I hope the list is relatively complete up to January 2022, but there are some exclusions (it does not, for instance, include the shorter notices I have written for Medium Ævum). The links below are often to material held behind a pay-wall: please contact me if you want copy.

O. daRold, Paper in Medieval England. From pulp to fictions (Cambridge: CUP, 2020): Times Literary Supplement, 21st January 2022

A. Grafton, Inky Fingers: The making of books in Early Modern Europe (Belknap Press, 2019): Times Literary Supplement, 26th March 2021

R. M. Thomson, The Fox and the Bees: the early history of the library of Corpus Christi College, Oxford (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2018): The Pelican Record (2019), pp. 90-94.

K. Sp. Staikos, trans. Timothy Cullen et al., The Architecture of Libraries in Western Civilization (New Castle DE, Oak Knoll, 2017): Library and Information History, 2019.

O. Margolis, The Politics of Culture in Quattrocento Europe: René of Anjou in Italy (Oxford: OUP, 2016): English Historical Review, posted on-line 22nd August 2018.

A. Trubek, The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting (London: Bloomsbury, 2017) and P. Lovett, The Art and History of Calligraphy (London: BL, 2017): Times Literary Supplement, 6th April 2018, p. 32.

Kenneth Baker, On the Burning of Books: how flames fail to destroy the written word (London: Unicorn, 2016): Times Literary Supplement, 16th February 2017, p. 37 — with related post.

Robert Black, Jill Kraye and Laura Nuvoloni ed., Palaeography, Manuscript Illumination and Humanism in Renaissance Italy: Studies in Memory of A. C. de la Mare, Warburg Institute Colloquia, 28 (London: The Warburg Institute, 2016): Times Literary Supplement, 12th January 2017, p. 31.

S. Orgel, The Reader in the Book. A study of spaces and traces (Oxford: OUP, 2015): Times Literary Supplement, 29th July 2016, p. 28.

Leonardo Bruni Aretino, Lettres familières, ed. and trans. Laurence Bernard-Pradelle(Montpellier: Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2014), 2 vols: Renaissance Studies, published on-line May 2016.

C. Fletcher, Diplomacy in Renaissance Rome (Cambridge: CUP, 2015): History Today, April 2016, p. 59.

A. Conti, O. da Rold and P. Shaw ed., Writing Europe, 500-1400. Texts and Contexts (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2015): Times Literary Supplement, 25th March 2016, pp. 26-27.

S. Reynolds, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Holkham Hall. Volume I. Manuscripts from Italy to 1500. Part 1. Shelfmarks 1-399 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015): Times Literary Supplement, 5th February 2016, p. 28.

P. Ford, J. Bloemendal and C. Fantazzi ed., Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World, 2 vols. (Leiden: Brill, 2014): Renaissance Studies, published on-line 7th September 2015.

M. Marchiaro, La biblioteca di Pietro Crinito: Manoscritti e libri a stampa della raccolta libraria di un umanista fiorentino (Porto: Fédération internationale des instituts d’études médiévales, 2013): Speculum, xc (July 2015), pp. 837-838.

A. Dressen, The Library of the Badia Fiesolana. Intellectual History and Education under the Medici (1462-1494) (Florence: SISMEL, 2013): Renaissance Quarterly, lxvii (Autumn 2014), pp. 936-38.

B. Cummings and J. Simpson ed., Cultural Reformations: medieval and Renaissance in literary history (Oxford: OUP, 2010): English Historical Review, cxxvii (August 2012), pp. 975 – 76.

Tito Livio Frulovisi, Oratoria, ed. C. Cocco (Florence: SISMEL, 2010): The Medieval Review, on-line journal, posted April 2012.

R. Thomson, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Medieval Manuscripts of Merton College, Oxford (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2009): English Historical Review, cxxvi (2011), pp. 1513 – 1515.

P. Stacey, Roman Monarchy and the Renaissance Prince (Cambridge: CUP, 2007): English Historical Review, cxxiv (2009), pp. 695 – 697.

D. Wakelin, Humanism, Reading and English Literature, 1430 – 1530 (Oxford:  OUP, 2007): English Historical Review, cxxiv (2009), pp. 145 – 147.

M. Pade, The Reception of Plutarch’s Lives in Fifteenth-Century Italy (Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2007): Renaissance Studies, xxiii (2009), pp. 129 – 131. [See also my related post]

A. Petrina, Cultural Politics in Fifteenth-Century England: the case of Humphrey, duke of Gloucester (Leiden: Brill, 2004): English Historical Review, cxx (2005), pp. 770 – 772.

S. Saygin, Humphrey, duke of Gloucester (1390 – 1447) and the Italian Humanists (Leiden: Brill, 2002): Modern Languages Review, xcix (2004), pp. 799 – 800.

R. Witt, ‘In the Footsteps of the Ancients’: the origins of humanism from Lovato to Bruni (Leiden: Brill, 2000): Renaissance Studies, xvi (2002), pp. 418 – 21.

J. Woolfson, Padua and the Tudors: English students in Italy, 1485 – 1603 (Cambridge: James Clarke Books, 1999): Renaissance Studies, xiv (2001), pp. 481 – 83.

C. Celenza, Renaissance Humanism and the Papal Curia: Lapo da Castiglionchio’s De Curia Commodis (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1999): Bulletin of the Society for Renaissance Studies, xvii (2000), pp. 18 – 24.

J. D. Tracy, Erasmus of the Low Countries (Berkeley: University of California, 1996): Renaissance Studies, xiii (1999), pp. 352 – 55.

Erasmus, The Education of the Christian Prince with the Panegyric for Archduke Philip of Austria, ed. L. Jardine (Cambridge, 1997): Renaissance Studies, xiii (1999), pp. 352 – 55.

J. M. Massing, Erasmian Wit and Proverbial Wisdom: an illustrated moral compendium for François I (London: The Warburg Institute, 1995): The Library, ser. 6, xix (1997), pp. 374 – 75.

F. Guicciardini, Dialogue on the Government of Florence, ed. A. Brown (Cambridge: CUP, 1994): Renaissance Studies, x (1996), pp. 497 – 500.

James VI and I, Political Writings, ed. J. Sommerville (Cambridge: CUP, 1995): Renaissance Studies, x (1996), pp. 497 – 500.


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