Micha Lazarus, Theophilactus & a Nyght Capp: The Social Life of Books in Tudor England

Change of speaker: Rachel Jacobs is unable to give her paper on 'Waddesdon Manor: A Rothschild Collection' on this occasion.

We are grateful to Dr Micha Lazarus (Trinity College, Cambridge) who has offered at the last minute to give a paper on 'Theophilactus & a Nyght Capp: The Social Life of Books in Tudor England'.

Alexander Nowell's rough notebook contains a series of remarkable booklists, amounting to a collection of almost 250 individual titles owned by Nowell as he moved from Oxford to Westminster in the early 1540s. Recorded in and among draft letters, memoranda, and page upon page of chaotic accounts, these booklists describe an intellectual community tied together by books. Not only do Nowell's accounts name over fifty individuals who bought, borrowed, loaned, and sold his books, but they also trace books circulating among clothes, groceries, and debt in complex, multi-party transactions. More than simply a large, hitherto unknown book collection, therefore, Nowell's manuscript poses the question: what kind of thing was a book in Tudor England?

Before the lecture the Society’s Gold Medal will be presented to Professor James P. Carley.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 17:30
Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE