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Professor Joad Raymond

Professor of Renaissance Studies



Joad Raymond

I work on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century news, pamphleteering, and print culture, and on (not anomalously) poetry. I studied at UEA and Oxford, and taught at Oxford, Aberdeen and UEA before moving to Queen Mary University of London. My first (edited) book I published as a graduate student, and it set me on a path I couldn’t leave for a decade: Making The News: An Anthology of the Newsbooks of Revolutionary England 1641-1660 (Moreton-in-Marsh, 1993). Subsequent books include The Invention of the Newspaper: English Newsbooks, 1641-1649 (Oxford, 1996; revised paperback 2005), Pamphlets and Pamphleteering in Early Modern Britain (Cambridge, 2003; paperback 2006), and Milton’s Angels: the Early-Modern Imagination (Oxford, 2010; paperback 2013). I have also edited a number of essay collections on news, angels and on Milton. Of these I am particularly fond of The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, vol. 1: Cheap Print in Britain and Ireland to 1660 (Oxford, 2011).

I have recently sent to press a very substantial collection of essays, written by scholars from across Europe, entitled. News Networks in Early Modern Europe. This is the legacy of my two-year (2011-13) Leverhulme-funded research network with the same title, For news on this and related projects and events see the website for the Centre for Early Modern Mapping, News and Networks,


In addition to my teaching, I also run the weekly graduate seminar, which combines a discussion and reading group on new research in early modern culture with the development of practical research skills. If you’re interested in joining this group then email me.

Undergraduate teaching:

In the 2015-16 academic year, I am teaching on:


Research interests:

  • news communication in early modern Europe
  • John Milton
  • politics and print culture in sixteenth and seventeenth century Britain
  • the history of the booktrade
  • poetry, politics and religion in the seventeenth century

Recent and On-Going Research:

I am presently editing Milton’s Latin defences for the new Oxford edition of Milton’s works, edited by Thomas N. Corns and Gordon Campbell. This is an extensively annotated parallel translation: expect it to bring some new contexts to bear, and to emphasise the European nature of Milton’s writing, and the interplay between English and Latin. During the course of my research I discovered an unknown contemporary translation of Milton’s first Defence into English; a transcription of this will be published on as soon as a formal announcement is published in the TLS.

I am also writing a history of news communication in early modern Europe between 1400-1850 for Penguin books. Expect it to offer a new, international perspective on the flows of news around early-modern Europe.



Milton’s Angels: the Early-Modern Imagination (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)

Pamphlets and Pamphleteering in Early Modern Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003; paperback 2006)

The Invention of the Newspaper: English Newsbooks, 1641-1649 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996; paperback edition with new preface 2005)

Edited books

(ed.) Conversations with Angels: Essays Towards a History of Spiritual  Communication, 1100-1700 (Palgrave, 2011)

(ed.) The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, vol. 1: Cheap Print in Britain and Ireland to 1660. Series. ed. Gary Kelly (Oxford University Press, 2011)

(ed.) The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, vol. 1: Beginnings to 1660. Series. ed. Gary Kelly (Oxford University Press, 2011)

(ed.) News Networks in Seventeenth-Century Britain and Europe (London: Routledge, 2006); also published as a special double issue of Media History11.1/2 (April 2005)

(ed.) with Graham Parry, Milton and the Terms of Liberty (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2002). Won the Irene Samuel Award of the Milton Society of America for the most distinguished collection on Milton published in 2002

(ed.) News, Newspapers and Society in Early Modern Britain. Published as a special issue of Prose Studies (1998[9]); and as a book (London: Frank Cass, 1999)

(ed.) Making The News: An Anthology of the Newsbooks of Revolutionary England 1641-1660 (Moreton-in-Marsh: Windrush Press, 1993)

Selected Recent and Forthcoming Articles

‘Law and print, 1640-1660’, in Bradin Cormack and Lorna Hutson, eds. Oxford Handbook to English Law and Literature, 1500-1700 (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

‘Milton in Sweden’, for Tracey Sowerby and Jo Craigwood, eds., Cultures of Diplomacy and Literary Writing in the Early Modern World: New Approaches (forthcoming)

 ‘The Uses of Serendipity’, in Harriet Phillips and Claire Bryony Williams, eds., A Handbook of Editing Early Modern Texts (Farnham: Ashgate, forthcoming 2015)

‘The Politics and Meaning of Thomason’s Tracts’, in Giles Mandelbrote and Jason Peacey (eds.), Collecting Revolution: The History and Importance of the Thomason Tracts (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming)

‘Libelles internationaux: une étude préliminaire’, Etudes Epistémè, <> (2014)

‘Milton’s Angels’, in Louis Schwartz (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Paradise Lost (Cambridge University Press, 2014), 138-51

‘Cheap Print and Popular Reading During the Civil Wars, 1637-60’, in Robert DeMaria, Heesok Chang and Samantha Zacher (eds), A Companion to British Literature (Oxford: Blackwell, 2014), 309-25

‘Exporting Impartiality’, in Anita Traninger and Kathryn Murphy (eds), The Emergence of Impartiality: Towards a Prehistory of Objectivity, series: Intersections, 31 (Leiden: Brill, 2014 [2013]), 141-67

'International News and the Seventeenth-Century English Newspaper', in Not Dead Things: The Dissemination of Popular Print in England and Wales, Italy, and the Low Countries, 1500-1820, ed. J. Raymond, R. Harms, and J. Salman (Brill, 2013)

‘News Writing’, in The Oxford Handbook to English Prose, c.1500-1640, ed. Andrew Hadfield (OUP, 2013)

‘In 1649, to St George’s Hill’ (review article on Gerrard Winstanley), Huntington Library Quarterly, 75.3 (Autumn, 2012): 429-46

‘Marchamont Nedham: Polemic, Analysis, Allegiance’, in Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution, ed. Laura L. Knoppers (OUP, 2012)

‘El Rostro Europeo del Periodismo Inglés’, in Roger Chartier y Carmen Espejo (eds.), La aparición del periodismo en Europa: Comunicación y propaganda en el Barroco (Madrid: Marcial Pons Historia, 2012), 177-206.

‘Newspapers: a national or international phenomenon?’ Media History, 18.3-4 (2012): 1-9.

 ‘Introduction’ and ‘Radicalism and Mysticism in the Later Seventeenth Century: John Pordage’s Angels’, in Conversations with Angels: Essays Towards a History of Spiritual Communication, 1100-1700, ed. Joad Raymond (London: Palgrave, 2011), pp. 1-21, 317-39

‘News’, ‘The Development of the Book Trade’, and ‘Introduction’, three chapters in The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, vol. 1, ed. Joad Raymond (Oxford University Press, 2011)

‘Visual Anorexia in Early Modern British Print Culture’ (review essay), Oxford Art Journal, 34.3 (2011): 488-93.

‘The Restoration’, in Milton in Context, ed. Stephen Dobranski (Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 460-74

‘A Cromwellian Center?’, in The Cambridge Companion to Andrew Marvell, ed. Steven Zwicker and Derek Hirst (Cambridge University Press, 2010)

‘News’, in The Elizabethan World, ed. Susan Doran and Norman Jones (London: Routledge, 2010)

See also my Queen Mary Research Publications profile


PhD Supervision

I would welcome enquiries from potential doctoral students, including non-anglophone students, interested in any of the areas of my research. I am also happy to discuss partially-developed ideas with a view to finding a focus or a persuasive outline for a research proposal.

I am presently supervising PhDs on:

  • Overseas news in English periodicals in the C17th
  • The history of men’s fashion.

Public engagement

You can read about some of my media and public appearances here.

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