Dr Nicholas Hardy, Trinity



Biographical Information

I am currently Munby Research Fellow in Bibliography at the University Library and Darwin College. I took a BA (2008) in Classics and English at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and then an MSt (2009) and DPhil (2012) in English, also at Oxford, before coming to Cambridge to take up a four-year Research Fellowship at Trinity College in 2012. I have also held visiting fellowships at the Scaliger Institute, Leiden University Library, and the Folger Institute in Washington, DC.

Research Interests

My research interests cover early modern humanism, intellectual history, classical reception studies, the history of the book, and the study of the Bible in the early modern period. My first book, Criticism and Confession: the Bible in the Seventeenth-Century Republic of Letters, is about to be published by Oxford University Press in the Oxford-Warburg Studies series.

My current project is a study of vernacular biblical translation, concentrating on the King James Bible (1611). In 2011, I identified two previously unnoticed sources for the translation of the KJB. One of the sources is a copy of the Septuagint (the ancient Greek version of the Old Testament, including most of the Apocrypha), copiously annotated by one of the translators, John Bois, and used by him both at the drafting and final revision stages of the translation. The other is a set of three letters between Bois and the French scholar Isaac Casaubon, addressing problems that arose during the translators' final revision of the Apocrypha. These sources represent the most substantial addition to the archival evidence for the translation since the seventeenth century, and the only new discoveries since the 1970s. But they also shed a great deal of light on the translators' theological and literary priorities, the philological, historical and text-critical methods which they used, and their immersion in contemporary inter- and intra-confessional controversy. As well as working on these and other sources for the translation, I am also launching a broader investigation of the ways in which non-academic readers engaged with contemporary biblical scholarship, covering the whole of the seventeenth century and taking in examples from France and the Netherlands as well as England.

My teaching in Cambridge covers the papers in Practical Criticism, Shakespeare and English Literature, 1500-1700, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. I have also taught sections of the papers in neo-Latin literature which are available through the Medieval and Modern Languages Tripos to students in MML, Classics and English, concentrating on the Latin writings of John Foxe and John Milton.

Selected Publications

Criticism and Confession: the Bible in the Seventeenth-Century Republic of Letters (Oxford University Press, in the Oxford-Warburg Studies series; forthcoming in July 2017). Click here for further information.

‘John Bois’s annotated Septuagint and the King James Bible,’ in the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (forthcoming).

‘Literary History as Critical Practice: Dryden's "Discourse Concerning the Original and Progress of Satire,"’ in The Oxford Handbook of English Prose, 1640-1714, edited by Nicholas McDowell and Henry Power (Oxford University Press; under contract).

Roman Catholic biblical scholarship in the age of confessions: the case of the Barberini circle,’ in Faith and History: Confessionalisation and Erudition in Early Modern Europe, co-edited with Dmitri Levitin (British Academy, in the Proceedings of the British Academy series; under contract).

‘Revising the King James Apocrypha: John Bois, Isaac Casaubon and the case of 1 Esdras.’ In The Scholarly Context of the King James Bible, edited by Mordechai Feingold. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming.

‘Religion and Politics in the Composition and Reception of Baronius’s Annales Ecclesiastici: A New Letter from Paolo Sarpi to Isaac Casaubon.’ In For the Sake of Learning: Essays in Honor of Tony Grafton, edited by Anja Goeing and Ann Blair, vol. I. Leiden: Brill, 2016.

‘Is the De Rerum Natura a Work of Natural Theology? Some Ancient, Modern, and Early Modern Perspectives.” In Lucretius and the Early Modern, edited by David Norbrook, Stephen Harrison, and Philip Hardie. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming in October 2015.

‘The Septuagint and the Transformation of Biblical Scholarship in England, from the King James Bible (1611) to the London Polyglot (1657).’ In The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in England, c. 1520-1700, edited by Kevin Killeen, Helen Smith, and Rachel Willie, 117-130. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

‘Impartiality and the Early Modern Ars Critica: The Case of John Selden’s Historie of Tithes (1618).” In The Emergence of Impartiality, edited by Kathryn Murphy and Anita Traninger, 289-303. Leiden: Brill, 2014.


Book reviews

Review of James Turner, Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities (Princeton, 2014), in Erudition and the Republic of Letters 2.1 (2017), 97-104.

Review of Henk Nellen, Hugo Grotius: A Lifelong Struggle for Peace in Church and State, 1583-1645 (Brill, 2015), in Journal of Early Modern History 20 (2016), 497-499.

Review of Edward Paleit, War, Liberty, and Caesar: Responses to Lucan's 'Bellum Ciuile', ca. 1580-1650 (Oxford University Press, 2013), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 19 January 2015. Available online at: http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2015/2015-01-19.html

Review of Eric Jorink and Dirk van Miert, eds., Isaac Vossius (1618-1689): Between Science and Scholarship (Leiden: Brill, 2012), in History of Collections 25.2 (2013), 287-288.

‘The Enlightenments of Richard Bentley’ (essay review of Kristine Louise Haugen, Richard Bentley: Poetry and Enlightenment. Harvard University Press, 2011), History of Universities 26.2 (2012), 196-219.

Review of Victoria Moul, Jonson, Horace, and the Classical Tradition (Cambridge University Press, 2010), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 26 January 2011. Available online at: http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2011/2011-01-26.html