Welcome to The Oxford Traherne

Detail of Pomegranate from painting by Jacob van Hulsdonck Detail from Centuries, Bodleian MS Eng th e 50, folio 45 recto


The Oxford Traherne is a collaborative project, involving scholars from a wide range of disciplines, to edit the works of the seventeenth-century poet and divine, Thomas Traherne (c.1637–1674).


Traherne is chiefly known today through the dramatic discoveries made during the twentieth century of his unpublished manuscript writings, which include theological controversy, physico-theology, an encyclopaedia of felicity, notebooks, biblical epic, lyric poetry, and devotional meditations.


This 15-volume edition, commissioned by Oxford University Press, will be the first fully annotated critical edition of Traherne, with a detailed exposition of his relationship to the contemporary religious, political, and intellectual context, and a rigorous and ambitious textual analysis of both manuscripts and printed works.


The Oxford Traherne is an international project which embodies the values of liberal scholarship and co-operation across borders.


  • Left image: Jacob van Hulsdonck, Still Life with Lemons, Oranges, and a Pomegranate, c.1620–40, detail: courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, under the Getty’s Open Content Program
  • Right image: MS Eng. th. e. 50, fol. 45r (‘Centuries’, II.96): The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford