News Networks In Early Modern Europe

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Professor Joad Raymond

Professor Joad Raymond, D.Phil (Oxford)
Professor of Renaissance Studies, Queen Mary, University of London

I took my D.Phil at Oxford University with a thesis entitled ‘The Crisis of Eloquence: Reading and Writing English Newsbooks, 1641-49’, which was revised into The Invention of the Newspaper (1996). I taught at Oxford before moving to my first permanent post at Aberdeen (1996-2000); then I moved to the University of East Anglia in 2000, before joining Queen Mary, University of London as a Professor of Renaissance Studies.

I have always been interested in the interrelation between writing, reading, material books, the commercial practicalities of the book trade, aesthetics, religion and politics, and have explored these interconnections in numerous essays as well as books on newspapers, pamphlets and Milton.

Research interests:

Early-modern book history; news and newspapers; pamphleteering; Milton; the literary and political culture of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Britain more generally.

Current Research Projects

In addition to co-ordinating News Networks in Early Modern Europe, a project that I hope will have several tangible outcomes, and will advance the understanding of the history of news and, perhaps, the nature of Europe. I am currently editing Milton’s Latin defences for the Oxford edition of the Complete Works of John Milton (gen. eds. Thomas N. Corns and Gordon Campbell).



  • 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: 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).

Books in progress

  • (ed.) The Complete Works of John Milton, vol. 7: The Latin Defences. Gen. eds. Thomas N. Corns and Gordon Campbell. Oxford University Press.
  • with Jeroen Salman and Roeland Harms (eds.), Not Dead Things: The dissemination of popular print in Britain, Italy, and the Low Countries, 1500-1900, t.b.c.

Chapters in progress or in press

  • ‘Marchamont Nedham: polemic, analysis, allegiance’, in Laura L. Knoppers (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution (forthcoming, OUP, 2012?)
  • ‘News Writing’ in Andrew Hadfield (ed.), The Oxford Handbook to English Prose, c.1500-1640 (forthcoming, OUP, 2012?)
  • ‘De panfletos y otros papeles’, in Carmen Espejo Cala, ed., Barroco y comunicación (forthcoming Seville, 2011).
  • ‘International aspects of the English newspaper’ in Roeland Harms, Joad Raymond and Jeroen Salman (eds.), Not Dead Things: The dissemination of popular print in Britain, Italy, and the Low Countries, 1500-1900, t.b.c.

Chapters in books

  • ‘A Cromwellian Center?’, in Steven Zwicker and Derek Hirst, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Andrew Marvell (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
  • ‘News’, in Susan Doran and Norman Jones, eds., The Elizabethan World (London: Routledge, 2010).
  • ‘Introduction’ and ‘Radicalism and Mysticism in the Later Seventeenth Century: John Pordage’s Angels’, in Joad Raymond, ed., Conversations with Angels: Essays Towards a History of Spiritual Communication, 1100-1700 (London: Palgrave, 2011), pp. 1-21, 317-39.
  • ‘News’, ‘The Development of the Book Trade’, and ‘Introduction’, three chapters in Raymond, ed. The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, vol. 1 (Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • ‘The Restoration’, in Milton in Context, ed. Stephen Dobranski (Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 460-74.
  • ‘The Rhetorical Design of Milton’s Defences’ in The Oxford Companion to Milton, eds. Nicholas McDowell and Nigel Smith (Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 272-90.
  • ‘Look Homeward Angel: Guardian Angels and Nationhood in Seventeenth-century Britain’. In David Loewenstein and Paul Stephens, eds., Early Modern Nationalism and Milton’s England (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008), pp. 139-72. Irene Samuel Award of the Milton Society of America for the most distinguished collection on Milton published in 2008.
  • ‘Angels and the Voice of Prophecy in Early Modern Britain’, in Line Cottegnies, Claire Gheeraert-Graffeuille, Tony Gheeraert, Anne-Marie Miler-Blaise et Gisèle Venet, eds., Les Voix de Dieu: Litterature et prophétie en Angleterre et en France à l'âge baroque (Paris: Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2008), pp. 137-53.
  • ‘Perfect Speech: The Public Sphere and Communication in Seventeenth-Century England’. In Willy Maley and Alex Benchimol, eds.,Spheres of Influence: Intellectual and Cultural Publics from Shakespeare to Habermas (Frankfurt: Lang, 2006), pp. 43-69.
  • ‘“With the tongues of angels”: Angelic Conversations in Paradise Lostand Seventeenth-century England’. In Peter Marshall and Alexandra Walsham, eds., Angels in the Early Modern World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), pp. 256-81.
  • ‘Introduction: Networks, Communication, Practice’. In Raymond, ed., News Networks in Seventeenth-Century Britain and Europe (London: Routledge, 2006) and Media History 11.1/2 (April 2005), pp. 1-17.
  • ‘The Stationers’ Company’. In David Scott Kastan, ed., Encyclopaedia of British Literature (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006), 5: 83-91.
  •  ‘“The Language of the Public”: Print, Politics, and the Book Trade in 1614’. In Steven Clucas and Rosalind Davies, eds., The Crisis of 1614 and the Addled Parliament: Literary and Historical Perspectives (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003), pp. 98-117.
  • ‘Irrational, Impractical and Unprofitable: Reading the News in Seventeenth-Century Britain’. In Kevin Sharpe and Steven N. Zwicker, eds., Reading, Society and Politics in Early Modern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), pp. 185-212.
  • ‘Milton and the Book Trade’. In A History of the Book in Britain, vol. 4: 1557-1695, eds. John Barnard and D. F. McKenzie (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002), pp. 376-87.
  • ‘The King is a Thing’. In Parry and Raymond, eds., Milton and the Terms of Liberty (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2002), pp. 69-94.
  • ‘The Literature of Controversy’. In Thomas N. Corns, ed., A Companion to Milton (Oxford: Basil Blackwell Publishers, 2001), pp. 191-210. Irene Samuel Award of the Milton Society of America for the most distinguished collection on Milton published in 2001.
  • ‘Pamphlets and News’. In David Womersley, ed., A Companion to Literature from Milton to Blake (Oxford: Basil Blackwell Publishers, 2000), pp. 483-96.
  • ‘Popular Representations of Charles I’. In Thomas N. Corns, ed., The Royal Image: Representations of Charles I(Cambridge University Press, 1999), pp. 47-73.
  • ‘The Newspaper, Public Opinion, and the Public Sphere in the Seventeenth Century’. In Raymond, ed., News, Newspapers and Society (London: Frank Cass, 1999), pp. 109-140.
  • ‘Introduction: Newspapers, Forgeries, Histories’. In Raymond, ed., News, Newspapers and Society (London: Frank Cass, 1999), pp. 1-11.
  • ‘Under the Skin of Ideology’. In Alanna Heiss, ed., The Aesthetic Arsenal: Socialist Realism Under Stalin (Moscow & New York: Institute for Contemporary Art, 1993), pp. 68-74.

Journal articles

  • ‘Angels’. History Today (forthcoming December 2010).
  • ‘Seventeenth-century Print Culture’. Blackwell’s History Compass, November 2004 <>
  • ‘Describing Publicity in Early Modern England’. Huntington Library Quarterly 67 (2004): 101-29.
  • ‘Complications of Interest: Milton, Scotland, Ireland, and National Identity in 1649’. Review of English Studies 55.220 (2004): 315-45. 
  • ‘Framing Liberty: Marvell’s First Anniversaryand the Instrument of Government’. Huntington Library Quarterly 62 (2001): 313-50.
  • ‘Review Article: The History of Newspapers and the History of Journalism: two disciplines or one?’. Media History 5 (1999): 223-32.
  • ‘John Hall’s A Method of History: A Book Lost and Found (with transcription)’. English Literary Renaissance 28.2 (1998): 267-98.
  • ‘John Streater and The Grand Politick Informer’. Historical Journal 41.2 (1998): 567-74.
  • ‘“A Mercury with a Winged Conscience”: Marchamont Nedham, Monopoly and Censorship’. Media History4.1 (1998): 7-18.
  • ‘An Eye-Witness to King Cromwell’. History Today (July 1997): 35-41.
  • The Great Assises Holden in Parnassus: The Reputation and Reality of Seventeenth-Century Newsbooks’. In Studies in Newspaper and Periodical History: 1994 Annual, eds. Michael Harris and Tom O’Malley (Westport, CT and London: Greenwood Press, 1996): 1-17.
  • ‘The Cracking of the Republican Spokes’. Prose Studies19 (1996): 255-74.
  • ‘The Daily Muse; Or, Seventeenth-Century Poets Read the News’. The Seventeenth Century 10 (1995): 189-218.
  • ‘Some corrections and additions to British newspapers and periodicals 1641-1700: A short-title catalogue’. Notes & Queries 240 (1995): 451-3.
  • ‘Where is this Goodly Tower? Republican Theories of Education’. Critical Survey 5 (1993): 289-97.
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