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Dr Paul Botley

Dr Paul Botley

Associate Professor

Tel: ext. 23341
Email: paul dot botley at warwick dot ac dot uk

Humanities Building
University Road, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL


Dr Paul Botley is Associate Professor, and teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies and in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance. He studied at Reading (BA), York (MA) and Cambridge (PhD). He has held fellowships at Cambridge University Library, at the University of Bristol, and at Imperial College, London. In 2004, he moved to the Warburg Institute, London, to edit the correspondence of Joseph Scaliger (1540-1609). He joined the department at Warwick in 2011.

He is Director of Undergraduate Studies (Honours) in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, Director of Graduate Studies in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, and acting Secretary for the Society for Renaissance Studies.

Research interests

Research interests include the classical tradition in early modern literature; renaissance letters; neo-Latin literature; Erasmus; the history of the Bible; education in the renaissance; translation; the Greek diaspora in renaissance Europe; and the history of scholarship. His earliest work focussed on Byzantine and Italian literature of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries; more recently, he has been working on the nothern European renaissance of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He has recently published a book on one of the translators of the King James Bible, Richard ‘Dutch’ Thomson (c. 1569-1613).

Paul Botley's research on the letters of the great renaissance scholar Isaac Casaubon (1559-1614) is funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This project is preparing a critical edition of Isaac Casaubon’s correspondence during his last years in England, 1610-1614, when he was at the height of his powers and his international fame. The edition will contain over seven hundred letters, nearly half of which have never been printed, and it will be published in three volumes in Geneva in 2018.

Teaching and supervision

Paul Botley teaches EN121 Medieval to Renaissance Literature and EN356 The Classical Tradition in English Translation: The Renaissance. He teaches on the MA degree in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, and convenes RS904 Renaissance Culture and Society. He is happy to supervise work on any aspect of early modern literature.

Selected publications

Contact hours

Summer 2016

During the last weeks of term 3, please email me for an appointment.