Book in Progress: The Creation of Catholic Knowledge in Early Modern Italy: Bishops, Their Households, and Diocesan Work

My first book explores the work of bishops’ “scientific” households during the Catholic Reformation in Italy. Drawing on ongoing work in the history of science, the book focuses on bishops’ and bishops’ employees’ practices to produce knowledge and manage information in their dioceses. By examining manuscripts and early print in archives across northern and central Italy as well as in the U.K. and the visual and material remains of early modern bishops’ palaces, the book shows how bishops reinvented themselves and their administration in a period when their role was deeply contested in the wake of so much religious change.

 

The Libraries of Elizabethan Bishops

I have ongoing work on the libraries of Matthew Parker, Edmund Geste, John Jewel, Edmund Grindal, and others. I am interested in their methods of collecting printed books and manuscripts, and the ways in which they used their books for various political, historical, and confessional ends. Some of this work has already been published in the form of scholarly articles.

 

The Winthrop Family Library - A Collaborative Project

 

Past Projects

 

NYSL Exhibit: Readers Make their Mark

(co-curated with Frederic Clark and Erin McGuirl) “Readers Make Their Mark: Annotated Books at the New York Society Library.” Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery, New York Society Library. February 5 – August 15, 2015.