|Professor Andrew Pettegree||Director|
|Dr Malcolm Walsby||Co-Director|
|Dr Graeme Kemp||Technical Manager|
|Mr Jan Alessandrini||Post-Doctoral Fellow|
|Dr Flavia Bruni||Post-Doctoral Fellow|
|Dr Alexander Wilkinson||Dublin, Ireland|
|Dr Philip John||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Dr Natasha Constantinidou||Nicosia, Cyprus|
|Dr Sara Barker||Exeter, United Kingdom|
|Dr Gergely Fazakas||Debrecen, Hungary|
Professor Andrew Pettegree
BA, MA, DPhil. (Oxon.), FRHS
Andrew Pettegree is Professor of Modern History. After studying in Oxford, Hamburg, and Cambridge, he began teaching in St Andrews in 1986. His scholarly interests and writings have focused on Dutch and French Calvinism, on the English and German Reformations and on printing history. More recently he has been working more intensively on the history of the Book. In 2010 he published a new history of the early years of print, The Book in the Renaissance, which won the Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Prize of the Renaissance Society of America. He is now working on a history of news. He will return to writing on the Reformation for a study of Lutherâ€™s
published writings for the Reformation anniversary of 2017.
He is an editor of two monograph series, the St Andrews Studies in Reformation History (Ashgate) and the Library of the Written Word (Brill)
He was the Director of the St Andrews Reformation Studies Institute until 2004 when he was appointed Head of the School of History. In 2012 he begins a three year term as Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society.
Dr Malcolm Walsby
BA, Ph.D (Kent), FRHS
Malcolm Walsby was appointed project coordinator France on the AHRC funded French book project. He was educated at the University of Kent at Canterbury. His doctoral research explored “Land, lineage & patronage in late medieval and renaissance France: the Comtes de Laval 1429-1605″. He also received the diploma for foreign students of the Ecole Normale SupÃ©rieure in Paris (1999-2000). In September 2006 he was appointed Project Manager of the St Andrews Book Project in St Andrews. He was appointed as lecturer at UniversitÃ© de Rennes II in 2012.
Teaching and Research interests
The history of the book in late mediaeval and early modern France; the French nobility in the 15th and 16th centuries; Late mediaeval and early modern Brittany; the Wars of Religion in Brittany and the Maine.
Dr Graeme Kemp
MA, MLitt. (St Andrews)
Dr Flavia Bruni
University of Siena & University of St Andrews
Post Doctoral Fellow
Flavia Bruni is a graduate in History of the Reformation (Roma La Sapienza, 2001) and has a PhD in History and computer science (Bologna, 2006). She also has a MPhil in Studies on Early printed books (Siena, 2006) and is a librarian graduate from the Vatican Library School of Library Science (2009). She is currently undertaking a joint PhD between the universities of St Andrews and Siena on the history of the book. Her interests are mainly focused on sixteenth century printed books and libraries; forbidden books and censorship in the Early Modern Age as well as projects involving digital humanities, digitization, text encoding, digital libraries and digital preservation. Since 2001 she is involved in the Italian project RICI (Ricerca sullâ€™Inchiesta della Congregazione dellâ€™Indice) that focuses on booklists of monastic libraries written in the end of the sixteenth century. She worked on significant projects for the study and cataloguing of early printed books in Italy.
Mr Jan Alessandrini
BA (Hons) (Lond.), MSt (Oxon)
Post Doctoral Fellow
Jan Alessandrini is a PhD student at University College London where he received his BA (2005) before earning his MSt (2006) at the University of Oxford. He joined the USTC Project in early 2013 and is responsible for enhancing the bibliography of the German lands (1500-1650) as supplied by the major constituent German on-line catalogues, VD16 and VD17.
Research Topic: Laughter as a narrative motif in pre-modern (medieval and early modern) German secular short narrative
His research examines the representation of laughter in collections of German (comic) tales written in prose known as the â€˜Schwanksammlungenâ€™ (1555-1563) with a focus on Georg Wickramâ€™s RollwagenbÃ¼chlein (1555); it contextualises these popular printed books within broader European literary traditions as well as contemporary non-literary writings on the subject of laughter in order to gauge the cultural and social resonance of this type of literature in German-speaking lands and beyond.
BA (University of East Anglia), MPhil. (Cambridge)
Sophie Mullins is a Ph.D student in the Reformation Studies Institute. After completion of a BA in English at the University of East Anglia and an MPhil. at the Univeristy of Cambridge, she embarked upon her PhD at the University of St Andrews in 2007.
Research topic: Latin books published in Paris, 1500-1540.
It is a commonplace of work on early printed books that the Reformation brought a transformation in the book world. With the works of Luther and his contemporaries, authors and publishers reached out to a new audience in the literate laity, and popularized a new type of book, pamphlets or Flugschriften.
Yet examination of the statistics of book production suggests that the Reformation may have had much less overall impact than is commonly assumed. An overview of the statistics of production suggest that Latin continued to dominate the output of most major publishing houses right up until the end of the 16th century. In this respect the triumph of the vernacular, often seen as a direct consequence of Luther’s engagement with a mass audience, was much more muted. Despite the increased demand for religious polemic, and for other categories of vernacular literature (news books, royal edicts, almanacs), Latin continued to dominate output in many classes of learned and technical literature, and even in theology.
The project will investigate these issues through an examination of the Paris book world in the first four decades of the 16th century. Paris was one of the major centres of book production in the whole of Europe. Its printers worked closely with the local authorities to supply both the official bodies of the capital, and a growing reading public. They were also the centre of an extended export trade for high quality and large format books that demanded a high level of expertise and capital investment.
Paris was pre-eminently a centre of learned print, with an established reputation in the fields of law, theology, and editions of classical authors. This dissertation will examine, through a comprehensive analysis of the output of Paris publishing, how the new intellectual and religious movements of the first half of the sixteenth century impacted on this established and respected industry.
BMus, MMus (King’s College London) MA (University College London)
School of History information page: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/history/postgraduates/amelieroper.html
Amelie Roper is a Ph.D student at the University of St Andrews and College Librarian at Christ’s College Cambridge. She received her BMus and MMus in Music from King’s College London, and an MA in Library and Information Studies from University College London.
Research topic: The culture of music printing in sixteenth-century Augsburg
As well as being a lively centre for the book trade, Augsburg was the first place north of the Alps to print mensural music with moveable type and as such played a vital role in the early development of music printing. My research provides a systematic examination of the production of different printed music formats in the city over the sixteenth century (partbooks and choirbooks, pamphlets and broadsheets and books about music) together with a consideration of their relationship to the book trade. In conclusion, I will place Augsburg’s music publishing output in the wider context of sixteenth-century European book production with the aim of establishing the extent to which the city maintained its impetus as a centre of printing.
MA (University of Cologne)
School of History information page: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/history/postgraduates/saskialimbach.html
Saskia Limbach is a Ph.D student in the Reformation Studies Institute. She received her MA in History, English studies and German studies at the University of Cologne (2012).
Research topic: The Production of Broadsheets in Augsburg and Nuremberg
In my thesis I will investigate the economic importance of single-sheet items (broadsheets) for the German publishing industry in the 16th century. The production and the distribution of such items were essential components of the early modern printing business. Ephemeral publications such as broadsheets provided printers with much or their most lucrative business. Many were straightforward commissions from the local state and ecclesiastical authorities: proclamations, ordinances or indulgence certificates. These could be swiftly executed, and were paid for by a single client: the printer had none of the usual problems of distribution and sales associated with the book world. One can easily see why printers were happy to receive this sort of work, and many depended on it for survival.
I have had the chance to undertake significant preparatory work with a trial survey for my German masterâ€™s dissertation. This work raised a number of questions of more general application. Who printed broadsheets and why? Was it common for printers to receive monopolies on printing specific items such as disputations or ordinances? How much broadsheet material was sold commercially and how much distributed free?
Dr Gergely Fazakas
University of Debrecen
Gergely Tamas Fazakas earned his Masters degree in Literary Studies and History at University of Debrecen in 2001. He was a Ph.D student in Debrecen, and held a number of research scholarships in Britain (Birmingham, Oxford, St Andrews). He has worked as a research assistant at the Research Group for Reformation and Early Modern Cultural History, University of Debrecen since 2004. He completed his Ph.D dissertation in 2009 on concepts of communal identity in early modern Calvinist prayer books.
On behalf of the project, he has undertaken a comprehensive review of the existing data on early print in Hungary. This will form part of the survey of books from eastern Europe included in the USTC.