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Ascham Quincentenary Conference 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016   (0 Comments)

Roger Ascham is a figure familiar to early modernists in the fields of English Literature and History. Often classified as 'a great mid-Tudor humanist,' he is best known for his role as tutor to Elizabeth I. His most famous works, the Scholemaster and Toxophilus, have been extensively quarried and quoted in studies on prose style and English humanism. His letters (usually cited in translation) are treated by many as a standard primary resource. However, to excerpt and categorize is not necessarily to understand, and it is arguable that we have lost sight of Ascham the individual, his interest, concerns, and achievements. The 500th anniversary of his birth offers an inviting opportunity to take a fresh look at Ascham and his writing.

The aim of this conference is to broaden and deepen our knowledge of Ascham and his contexts. It encourages new perspectives on his more familiar works, but also aims to shift the focus to texts that have garnered less attention over the years.

Day 1: 9 September, 10:15am–5:00pm
Day 2: 10 September, 9:45am–5:00pm
St John's College, Cambridge

With the generous support of the Royal Historical Society and the Society for Renaissance Studies. To register, please visit this page. Or contact the organisers (Dr Lucy Nicholas and Dr Ceri Law) at with any questions.

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