Katherine East



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Katherine East’s research encompasses the role of the classical tradition in the formation of early modern political and religious ideas.  Her two primary, interrelating areas of interest – the history of the transmission of Latin texts in early modern Europe, and their reception in the subversive works of early modern England, works which sought to challenge authority and tradition through the development of discourses centred around political radicalism and heterodoxy – are discussed in her monograph The Radicalization of Cicero: John Toland and Strategic Editing in the Early Enlightenment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).  Her research is now examining how Cicero’s theology was used more broadly in early modern England, in particular his dialogues De Natura Deorum and De Divinatione.  The question of civil religion and what it might mean both in the ancient and early modern contexts has been a recurring issue throughout this research, motivating the creation of this reading group to collaborate with colleagues on what it might mean in the broader intellectual context.


Rachel Hammersley




Rachel Hammersley is an intellectual historian with a particular focus on seventeenth and eighteenth-century Britain and France. She has written books and articles on the influence of English republican ideas in eighteenth-century France (French Revolutionaries and English Republicans: The Cordeliers Club 1790-1794 (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2005); The English Republican Tradition and Eighteenth-Century France (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010)), which have included some consideration of the religious dimension of republican thought. She is currently researching and writing an intellectual biography of James Harrington (who coined the term ‘Priestcraft’), which includes a chapter on his distinctive religious position and the religious debates in which he became engaged.