Editorial Board


Brian Vickers (Institute of English Studies, University of London)

Born 13 December 1937 in Cardiff, Great Britain. I was educated at St. Marylebone Grammar School, London, and Trinity College, Cambridge, where I took a double first in English and won both the Charles Oldham Shakespeare Scholarship and the Harness Prize. I was a Fellow and Director of Studies at Downing College and a University Lecturer in English. In 1972 I was appointed Professor (Ordinarius) at the University of Zürich, and in 1975 I moved to the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, where I also directed the Centre for Renaissance Studies. Subsequent to my retirement in 2003 I became a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. I am a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge, and an Honorary Visiting Professor at University College, London. In 2008 I was knighted for services to literary history. I was awarded the Ph. D. and D. Litt. by Cambridge, an Honorary D. Lit. by London University, and an Honorary Ph. D. by the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Assistant Directors

Richard Serjeantson (Trinity College, Cambridge)

Richard Serjeantson is editing Volume III of the OFB in collaboration with Angus Vine. He has published a number of studies of Bacon’s life and writings arising broadly from this work, including (with Thomas Woolford) ‘The Scribal Publication of a Printed Book’, The Library, 7th ser., 10 (2009) 119-56, and ‘Francis Bacon and the Late Renaissance Politics of Learning’, in For the Sake of Learning, ed. Ann Blair and Anja Goeing (Leiden, Brill, 2016), pp. 195–211. In addition, his edition of Valerius Terminus of the Interpretation of Nature will appear in Volume V of the OFB.

Alan Stewart (Columbia University)

Alan Stewart is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia, which he joined in 2003 after teaching for ten years at Queen Mary and Birkbeck in the University of London. His publications include Close Readers: Humanism and Sodomy in Early Modern England(1997); Hostage to Fortune: The Troubled Life of Francis Bacon 1561-1626 (with Lisa Jardine, 1998); Philip Sidney: A Double Life (2000); The Cradle King: A Life of James VI and I (2003); Letterwriting in Renaissance England (with Heather Wolfe, 2004) and Shakespeare’s Letters (2008). With Garrett Sullivan, he is co-general editor of the three-volume Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopdia of English Renaissance Literature (2012). Most recently, he has edited volume I, Early Writings 1584-1596, of the Oxford Francis Bacon for Oxford University Press (2012). He has won awards from the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Board, and the Folger Shakespeare Library, and in 2011-2012 he was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. Since 2002, he has been the International Director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters in London. His current projects include editing volume 2 of the Oxford Francis Bacon; a classroom anthology of Tudor drama for Broadview; and a study of early modern life-writing for Oxford University Press.


Daniel C. Andersson (Wolfson College, Oxford)

Daniel C. Andersson is a Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford and a scholar of the cultural, intellectual, religious and literary life of early modern Europe. Dr Andersson works chiefly on Francis Bacon, Philology, Aristotelianism and Calvinism. Recently, he has examined Calvinist notions of the care of the soul in Ames, Perkins and Abernethy, as well as the Habsburg reception, above all in Hungarran, of these authors. These are the chief strands of his current interests in early modern history, with philology, exchange, Calvin, Aristotle being the chief tufts in the ‘thought-cloud’.

James Binns (Emeritus, University of York)

James Binns was formerly Reader in Latin Literature at the University of York. He is the author of Intellectual Culture in Elizabethan and Jacobean England. The Latin Writers of the Age (Leeds, 1990) and the editor, with Shelagh Banks, of Gervase of Tilbury, Otia imperialia. Recreation for an Emperor (Oxford, 2002). He  was elected to the British Academy in 2004, and is currently a General Editor of Oxford Medieval Texts.

David Colclough (Queen Mary, University of London)

David Colclough is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London. His research currently focuses on John Donne, whose Sermons at the Court of Charles I he edited as volume 3 of The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne (OUP, 2013); he is now preparing volume 14 (Sermons Preached at St Paul’s Cathedral, 1628-1630). He is the author of the ODNB life of Donne, and the editor of John Donne’s Professional Lives (D.S. Brewer, 2003). His monograph Freedom of Speech in Early Stuart England was published by CUP in 2005. He has edited New Atlantis for volume 14 of the Oxford Francis Bacon.

Marta Fattori (Emeritus, La Sapienza Universitá di Roma)

Since 1995, Marta Fattori has been Professor of History of Modern Philosophy at La Sapienza University in Rome, Faculty of Philosophy. In 1980 she published the Lessico del Novum Organum di Francis Bacon and in the following years many scientific articles, now published in the monography Linguaggio e Filosofia nel Seicento europeo (Olschki, 1999). In 1997, she published Introduzione a F. Bacon (Laterza). In 2000, she published Filosofia e linguaggio nel ‘600 europeo (Olschki, Firenze). Beginning a research project in the Archive of the S. Uffizio, she found, and published, all the documents concerning the condamnation of the De augmentis scientiarum of Francis Bacon: the document transcriptions have been published, with notes and critical apparatus, in the second fasc. 2000/2 of the NRL and in the first fasc. of the 2001. Since 1981, Professor Fattori has been chief-editor of the review Nouvelles de la République des Lettres, and since 1970 a member of scientific committee of Lessico Intellettuale Europeo Institute. She has been a member of the editorial Board for the Oxford edition of Francis Bacon‘s works since 1998, and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at Sapienza University since 2007.

Guido Giglioni (The Warburg Institute)

Guido Giglioni teaches Renaissance Latin and philosophy at the Warburg Institute. His research deals with early modern ideas of life and imagination, and their relationships with both matter and knowledge. He studied philosophy at the University of Macerata, Italy, and graduated in history of science and medicine at the Johns Hopkins University in 2002 with a PhD dissertation on Francis Glisson, a seventeenth-century English anatomist who also engaged in philosophical inquiries on the nature of life. In his treatise on substance and its energy (De natura substantiae energetica, 1672), Glisson laid the foundations for the modern notion of irritability, described as an original property of matter. As Francis Bacon is one of the main sources in Glisson’s work, on both a medical and philosophical level, in the past few years, Giglioni has been carrying out a wide-ranging research to trace the Baconian roots of early modern ideas of matter and life (from Telesio to Lamarck).

Leofranc Holford-Strevens (Retired, Oxford University Press)

Until his retirement in 2011, Dr Leofranc Holford-Strevens was Consultant Scholar-Editor at the Oxford University Press. He is a classical scholar with wide interests in other fields, principally languages, literature, history, chronology, and musicology. His publications include: Aulus Gellius (London, 1988), revised as Aulus Gellius: An Antonine Scholar and His Achievement (Oxford, 2003; corrected paperback 2005); (with Bonnie J. Blackburn) The Oxford Companion to the Year (Oxford, 1999); (edited with Amiel D. Vardi), The Worlds of Aulus Gellius (Oxford, 2004); The History of Time: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2005); (with Bonnie J. Blackburn), Florentius de Faxolis: Book of Music (Cambridge, MA, 2010).

Chris R. Kyle (Syracuse University)

Chris R. Kyle is an Associate Professor of History at Syracuse University. He has edited two books, Parliament, Politics and Elections(Cambridge University Press, 2001) and with Jason Peacey, Parliament at Work (Boydell and Brewer, 2002). He is currently completing a monograph entitled Theatre of State: Parliament and Political Culture in early Modern England for Stanford University Press (forthcoming, 2011). He is the author of over a dozen articles on sixteenth and seventeenth century English history and has held fellowships from the Huntington Library (San Marino, California), the Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington DC) and Hughes Hall, Cambridge University. In 2006 he received a Meredith Teaching Award and has continued to develop a wide range of courses on British history, focusing on the Tudor and Stuart period. In November 2005 he organized a symposium at the Folger Shakespeare Library commemorating the 500thanniversary of the Gunpowder Plot.

James A.T. Lancaster (University of Queensland)

James A.T. Lancaster is an intellectual historian who received his PhD from the Warburg Institute in the University of London. James is currently a UQ Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Queensland, where he is undertaking three years of research for his next monograph on the pathologization of religion in seventeenth-century England. His publications include: ‘Natural Knowledge as a Propaedeutic to Self-Betterment: Francis Bacon and the Transformation of Natural History’ in Early Science and Medicine; ‘Natural Histories of Religion: A (Baconian) “Science”?’ in Perspectives on Science; and a chapter, ‘Francis Bacon on the Moral and Political Character of the Universe’, in his co-edited volume with Guido Giglioni, Francis Bacon on Motion and Power (Springer, 2016).

Rhodri Lewis (St Hugh’s College, Oxford)

Rhodri Lewis is Fellow, Tutor and University Lecturer in English at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. He has published a number of articles on early modern literary, intellectual and scholarly history, and is the author of two books: Language, Mind and Nature: Artificial Languages in England from Bacon to Locke (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), and the forthcoming William Petty on the Order of Nature: An Unpublished Manuscript Treatise (Tempe, AZ: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 2010). In addition to editing volume 5 of the OFB, he is presently at work on two projects: an edition of John Aubrey’s correspondence (with Kate Bennett and William Poole), and a monograph on the rise of the ‘man of letters’ from about 1600-1750.

Kathryn Murphy (Oriel College, Oxford)

My research focuses on the literature and intellectual history of the seventeenth century, especially the relationship between literature and the rise of empiricism; prose style; non-fiction genres, especially the essay; the interpretation and representation of nature; and the relationship between literature and philosophy. I am also involved in various editorial projects. I am preparing two scholarly editions for Oxford University Press, which complement the interests which inform my book: first, Francis Bacon’s Sylva Sylvarum (1626), which I am editing for the Oxford Francis Bacon with colleagues in Manchester and at the Warburg Institute. This crucial text both for Bacon and for the study of the rise of experiment and natural history in the seventeenth century has not been edited since the mid-nineteenth century. Secondly, I am in the early stages of work on an edition of Thomas Browne’s Urne-BuriallGarden of CyrusLetter to a Friend, and Christian Morals, with Claire Preston, of Queen Mary, University of London.

Angus Vine (University of Stirling)

Angus Vine is editing Volume III of the OFB in collaboration with Richard Serjeantson. He has published a number of studies of Bacon’s life and writings arising broadly from this work, including ‘Francis Bacon’s Composition Books’, Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society, 14 (2008), 1-33; ‘A New Version of Bacon’s Apologie: MS Rawlinson D. 672′, Bodleian Library Record, 21 (2008), 118-37; Commercial Commonplacing: Francis Bacon, the Waste-Book, and the Ledger’, English Manuscript Studies, 1100-1700,16 (2011), 197-218; and ‘”His Lordships First, and Last, Chapleine”: William Rawley and Francis Bacon’, in Chaplains in Early Modern England, eds Hugh Adlington, Tom Lockwood and Gillian Wright (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013), pp. 123–140.

Sophie Weeks (University of York)

Sophie’s research focuses on Francis Bacon. She is currently working on two projects: first, she is completing a book entitled Francis Bacon’s Science of Magic. Offering a novel interpretation of the knowledge-power relationship in Francis Bacon’s ‘Great Instauration’, this study argues that Bacon proposed a science of magic as the very core of his whole programme for the reform of natural knowledge. Sharing certain goals with the occult sciences, Bacon’s project intended the production of novelties and wonders beyond our wildest expectations and dreams. Indeed, there is something appalling, Faustian even, in Bacon’s ambition to conquer nature, including human nature. However, while sharing the goals of the occult sciences and approving their experiential or experimental bias, he scorns the theoretical underpinnings they offer and their lack of methodical perseverance. In fact, Bacon’s science of magic is resolutely anti-occultist. Second, she is editing (with Daniel Andersson and Rhodri Lewis) Volume V of the Oxford edition of Francis Bacon’s works, which comprises Bacon’s early philosophical writings to about 1611.