The Editorial Team

Detail of insects from painting by Jan van Kessel I
Lambeth MS 1360, fol. 289 verso


The editorial team of the Oxford Traherne consists of editors and editorial consultants drawn from a wide range of disciplines and committed to a collaborative method of working.


Dr Julia Smith, General Editor

Julia Smith is an independent scholar, and an associate member of the Oxford English Faculty. Her research interests include manuscript studies, textual editing, and early modern religious literature. Her publications include the first edition of Traherne’s Select Meditations (1997); the ODNB entry on Traherne; Susanna Hopton, in The Early Modern Englishwoman series (2010); and many articles on Traherne and other seventeenth-century authors. She is currently completing a biography of Traherne.

Editor, Volumes I & II: The Lambeth Manuscript


Dr Sarah Apetrei

Sarah Apetrei is Senior Tutor at Campion Hall, Oxford. Her monograph, Women, Feminism and Religion in Early Enlightenment England was published in 2010. Her current interests include mystical theology and its reception in seventeenth-century Britain, and more broadly gender, religion, and literature in the early modern period.

Editor, Volume XIV: A Serious and Pathetical Contemplation (1699)


Dr Giles Bergel

Giles Bergel has interests in digitization, editing and book trade history. He was Imprint Specialist at the NEH (USA) funded English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA); Project Manager of Bodleian Ballads Online; and is Editor of the Wandering Jew’s Chronicle archive and co-Editor of Stationers’ Register Online. He is particularly interested in computer vision, OCR and computational approaches to stemmatology.

Consultant on digital humanities and bibliography


Ingrid De Smet

Ingrid De Smet is Professor of French and Neo-Latin Studies at the University of Warwick, and a Fellow of the British Academy. She specializes in the intellectual culture of sixteenth-century and early seventeenth-century France and the Low Countries (French; Neo-Latin; Republic of Letters). She is currently Past President of the International Association of Neo-Latin Studies.

Consultant on Neo-Latin


Dr Johanna Harris

Johanna Harris is Associate Professor in Literature at the Australian Catholic University (North Sydney). She is co-editor (with Dr Elizabeth Scott-Baumann) of The Intellectual Culture of Puritan Women, 1558-1680 (2011), and the co-general editor (with Dr Alison Searle) of the 9-volume edition of Richard Baxter’s Correspondence (OUP), newly underway. Her publications focus on English puritanism and nonconformity, religious politics, epistolary culture, and early modern women’s writing.

Editor, Volume III: The Osborn Manuscript and ‘The Ceremonial Law’


Professor Sarah Hutton

Sarah Hutton is Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of York. Her research focuses on early modern intellectual history, with special interests in the Cambridge Platonists and women philosophers. Her publications include British Philosophy in the Seventeenth-Century (OUP, 2015) and Anne Conway, a Woman Philosopher (CUP, 2004).

Editor, Volume XIII: Christian Ethicks (1675)


Dr Kate Loveman

Kate Loveman is Associate Professor in English Literature at the University of Leicester. She works on Restoration and early eighteenth-century literature and history. Her publications include Reading Fictions (2008) and Samuel Pepys and His Books: Reading, Newsgathering and Sociability, 1660-1703 (2015).

Shorthand consultant


†Professor Ann Moss

The late Ann Moss was Professor of French at Durham University (retired 2003), and a Fellow of the British Academy. Her main books are Poetry and Fable: Studies in Mythological Narrative in Sixteenth-Century France (CUP, 1984); Printed Common-Place Books and the Structuring of Renaissance Thought (OUP, 1996); Renaissance Truth and the Latin Language Turn (OUP, 2003).

Editor, Volume IV: Early Notebook and Ficino Notebook (with Angus Vine and Valery Rees); Latin consultant until 2018


Professor Jean-Louis Quantin

Jean-Louis Quantin is professor at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne, Paris), Faculty of Historical and Philological Sciences, where he holds the chair of history of early modern scholarship. He has published extensively on early modern religious and intellectual history, especially in France and England.

Editor, Volume XII: Roman Forgeries (1673) (with Alison Shell and Austen Saunders)
Consultant on patristic scholarship


Dr Valery Rees

Valery Rees has worked for many years on The Letters of Marsilio Ficino (London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 10 vols. to date). She has published numerous articles, including studies of Ficino’s influence on two poets, Edmund Spenser and Michele Marullus. She has co-edited several collections of academic essays, as well as teaching and contributing to BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time. Her monograph From Gabriel to Lucifer. A Cultural History of Angels (2013) was reissued 2015 and in a German translation in 2015.

Editor, Volume IV: Early Notebook and Ficino Notebook (with Angus Vine and the late Ann Moss)


Professor Jason Rosenblatt

Jason P. Rosenblatt is Emeritus Professor of English at Georgetown University. His publications include Renaissance England’s Chief Rabbi: John Selden (OUP, 2006); Torah and Law in ‘Paradise Lost’ (Princeton, 1994); a co-edited book on biblical narrative, ‘Not in Heaven’ (Indiana, 1991); and more than two dozen essays on seventeenth-century English literature. He is at present co-editing Selden’s Table Talk and working on a book on Selden and Milton.

Hebrew consultant


Dr Austen Saunders

Austen Saunders joined The Oxford Traherne after completing a PhD at the University of Cambridge on early modern annotating practices. His research on early modern literature and book history has been published in journals including Review of English Studies, The Seventeenth Century, and MIlton Studies.

Editor, Volume XII: Roman Forgeries (1673) (with Jean-Louis Quantin and Alison Shell)
Director of the Printed Books Census


Professor Alison Shell

Alison Shell is Professor of Early Modern Studies in the Department of English, University College London. She has written extensively on early modern English literature and religion. Her publications include Catholicism, Controversy and the English Literary Imagination, 1558-1660 (1999); Oral Culture and Catholicism in Early Modern England (2007); and Shakespeare and Religion (2010).

Editor, Volume XII: Roman Forgeries (1673) (with Jean-Louis Quantin and Austen Saunders)


Dr Angus Vine

Dr Angus Vine is Associate Professor at the University of Stirling. His research focuses on early modern book history, manuscript culture, and the history of information. His publications include In Defiance of Time: Antiquarian Writing in Early Modern England (OUP, 2010), Miscellaneous Order: Manuscript Culture and the Early Modern Organization of Knowledge (OUP, 2019), and the forthcoming Early Modern Merchants and their Books (OUP). With Richard Serjeantson, he is editing volume III of The Oxford Francis Bacon (OUP).

Editor, Volume IV: Early Notebook and Ficino Notebook (with Valery Rees and the late Ann Moss)



  • Left image: Jan van Kessel I, A Cockchafer, Beetle, Woodlice, and other Insects, with a Sprig of Auricula, c.1650s (WA1940.2.40): © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
  • Right image: MS 1360, fol. 289v (‘The Kingdom of God’, ch. XXX): Trustees of Lambeth Palace Library