Dr Sebastiaan J Verweij


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Research interests

I joined the English Department at Bristol in September 2014 after a University of Glasgow PhD, and two postdoctoral appointments at Cambridge (Scriptorium: Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Online) and at Oxford (The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne).

My research interests are in late-medieval and early modern literature (esp. poetry), and what today is called 'the history of the book', which in more old-fashioned terms would be called 'bibliography'. I am especially interested in the intersections between the book as material text and more literary questions. I work on the literary and book culture of Scotland; have an interest in the Digital Humanities; in editorial theory and practice; and a special interest in the manuscript and print histories, and the poems and prose texts, of John Donne. 

My first book The Literary Culture of Early Modern Scotland: Manuscript Production and Transmission, 1560-1625 (Oxford University Press 2016) won the Saltire Society's 'Scottish Research Book of the Year 2016' award. I am currently at work, with Professor Peter McCullough, on the Textual Companion volume in The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne (forthcoming c. 2019). With Noah Millstone (Principal Investigator, Birmingham) I completed (in October 2018) the AHRC-funded project 'Manuscript Pampleteering in Early Stuart England'.

With Kenneth Austin (History), Catherine Hunt (History of Art), and Richard Stone (History) I convene the Early Modern Studies Research cluster at Bristol.  


Research interests

Research Supervision

I would be delighted to supervise a PhD in any of the areas outlined above in my research interests: English and Scottish late-medieval and early modern texts (especially poetry), and their bibliographical histories in manuscript and print; also, book history, and editing in this period. Don't be shy: please get in touch! 

Research interests


Recently taught units include: 

  • Literature 1150-1550 (year 1)
  • Literature 1550-1740 (year 1)
  • Chaucer and Chaucerians (year 2)
  • Writing the Margins (special subject) (year 2)
  • Kings, Queens and Sycophants (special subject) (year 3)
  • English MA programme (renaissance strands) (PGT)

Research interests

Editing / STS / Boards

From 2009 to 2014, I was co-editor (and co-founder) of the Open Access electronic Journal of the Northern Renaissance. I am also an Executive Member of Council (with a responsibility for all things digital) for the Scottish Text Society. I am an advisory board member for the Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons (GEMMS) project, based at the University of Regina, Canada. 

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Manuscript Pamphleteering in Early Stuart England

Millstone, N. C. & Verweij, S. J.


Project: Research

  • Research Output

    Sermon Notes from John Donne in the Manuscripts of Francis Russell, Fourth Earl of Bedford

    Verweij, S., 2016, In : English Literary Renaissance. 46, 2, p. 278-313 36 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 229 Downloads (Pure)

    “Booke, go thy wayes”: The Publication, Reading, and Reception of James VI/I's Early Poetic Works

    Verweij, S., 2014, In : Huntington Library Quarterly. 77, 2, p. 111-131 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
    3 Citations (Scopus)
    363 Downloads (Pure)


    TEI/XML from the Manuscript Pamphleteering in Early Stuart England project (10-2018)

    Jones, M. A. (Creator), Verweij, S. J. (Creator), Millstone, N. (Creator), Bell, R. (Creator), Anker, V. (Creator) & Wales, T. (Creator), University of Bristol, 8 Oct 2018



    University Award for Research Excellence: University of Oxford

    Verweij, Sebastiaan J (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    MA in English, Kings College London

    Sebastiaan Verweij (Participant)

    28 Mar 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies Seminar

    Sebastiaan Verweij (Participant)

    17 Oct 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Centre for Early Modern Studies seminar series

    Sebastiaan Verweij (Participant)

    21 Mar 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk