About Us

Principal Investigators

Dr. Anne James is a Lecturer in English at the University of Regina. She researches in the areas of early modern sermons, particularly on political occasions, and the work of John Donne. She is the author of Poets, Players, and Preachers: Remembering the Gunpowder Plot in Seventeenth-Century England (University of Toronto Press, 2016).

Dr. Jeanne Shami is a Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Regina. She has had an interest in John Donne, in particular, and early modern sermons more generally for over 35 years. This work with GEMMS brings together her love of archival research and sermon scholarship. She has an article on "The Sermon" in The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern English Literature and Religion. She also is a Contributing Editor to the OUP edition of the prose letters of John Donne, and Executive Editor of the Verse Letters volume of The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne (Indiana University Press).

Project Collaborators

Dr. Jon Bath is an Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, and the Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Digital Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. He teaches electronic art, digital humanities, and the book arts. He is the co-lead of the Modeling and Prototyping Team of Implementing New Knowledge Environments, and along with Scott Schofield he wrote the chapter on e-books for the recently released Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book.

Dr. Brent Nelson is a Professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan. Most of his research is at the intersection of the digital humanities and early modern literature and culture. He is Director of the John Donne Society’s Digital Prose Project and principal investigator on a project on early modern cabinets of curiosities.

Project Manager

Dr. Jennifer Farooq is a Research Associate at the University of Regina. Her primary interests include preaching, the publishing and reception of sermons, and religious culture in late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Britain. She is the author of Preaching in Eighteenth-Century London (Boydell, 2013) and has published several articles on sermons and religious culture in England.

Research Assistants

Catherine Evans is a PhD candidate in the Department of English in the University of Sheffield, where her research is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She has previously held a fellowship at the Huntington Library, CA. Her main research interest is the perception of time in early modern religious literature and textual culture. She has a forthcoming paper entitled "Metanoia: Penitential memory in Elizabethan women's translations of Psalm 51" in a volume on medieval and early modern memory (Peter Lang, 2018). She is part of the organising committee for 500 Reformations, a public engagement project based in Sheffield, and is currently organising a workshop for researchers working on early modern sermons. 

Robert Imes is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Saskatchewan. His dissertation, "Writing Geography: Early Modern English Travel Writing and the New Science," explores the connections between travelogues and geographical science in England from the late 1400s to the early 1600s.

Adam Richter recently completed his PhD at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. His main research interest is the relationship between science and religion in early modern Europe. He is the organizer of an international workshop entitled "John Wallis at 400: A Workshop on Science, Mathematics, and Religion in Seventeenth Century England" at the University of Toronto (November 2016).

David Robinson is a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Toronto. His dissertation examines religious debates between Catholics and Protestants transnationally, inquiring about their popularity and cultural significance in England, France, and the Netherlands in the early seventeenth century. He has given several papers on religious controversy in early modern Europe. 

Brandon Taylor is a second year PhD student in English at the University of Toronto. He is specifically focused on John Milton’s notion of the “fit reader” and its subsequent impact on religion, philosophy, and politics. Beyond that, Brandon is also working on a digital humanities project that will tag, annotate, verify, and catalog every pertinent piece of information in an edition of The Letters of John Chamberlain, which feature a series of correspondences that span from the year 1597 until 1626. He also writes about television and film when time permits.

Hannah Yip is an AHRC-funded PhD Candidate at the University of Birmingham. Her doctoral thesis, under the supervision of Dr. Hugh Adlington and Dr. Tara Hamling, is provisionally entitled ‘Visual Elements of English Printed Sermons, c. 1540 – c. 1660: Reading, Religious Politics, and Iconography’. She recently published an article which examined printed images in the early modern English funeral sermon in Antoinina Bevan Zlatar and Olga Timofeeva, eds, What is an Image in Medieval and Early Modern England? (Tübingen: Narr, 2017).

Past Research Assistants

Lucy Busfield, Unversity of Oxford, Research Assistant 2015-17.

Benjamin Durham, University of Toronto, Iter fellow 2015-16.

Advisory Board

Professor Kenneth Fincham, Professor of Early Modern History, University of Kent, UK.

Dr. Arnold Hunt, Lecturer in History, University of Cambridge, UK.

Dr. Mary Morrissey, Associate Professor in English Literature, University of Reading, UK.

Dr. Richard Snoddy, Associate Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in Theology, London School of Theology, UK.

Dr. Sebastiaan Verwij, Lecturer in English, University of Bristol, UK.


  1. Has anybody worked on this? A ms kept in Arras (France).


    N° CGM : Advielle 969

    Autre cote : 556

    Titre : « Senhouse sermons. M. S. S. 1621. » (Au dos.) Date 1621, répétée à l'intérieur

    Date : XVIIe siècle

    Langue : anglais

    Support : Papier

    Importance matérielle : 108 feuillets

    Dimensions : 120 × 80 mm

    Reliure : Reliure veau fauve, filets à froid

    Présentation du contenu : Résumés de sermons prêchés en 1621 par des pasteurs protestants. Les noms suivants se trouvent en tête de ces sermons : « M. Senhouse, of St Johns ; M. Jeffrey, of Pembroke ; Dr Montiga, of Km. ; M. Hodgson, of St Johns College ; M. Carter, of Clarehall ; M. Senhouse, of St Johns ; M. Martin ; M. Salbury, of de Terhous ; M. Pocklinton, Pembrokins ; M. Micklethwit, of Sidney ; M. Carré, of Coll. Jesu ; M. Bauldin, minister of Bennett Church ; M. Houldsworth, of St Johns ; M. Houlet, of Emannuel Coll. ; M. Blechinden, of St Johns ; Dr Hatteild, Coll. Emann. ; M. Clakrell, Coll. Emanuelis ; M. Jeffrey, of Pembrok hall ; M. Pocklinton, of Pembrok hall ; M. Wattstun, of Trinity Coll. ; M. Brale ; M. Flick, Coll. Bennet at Mr Brookes his funerall ; Mr Power, of Christs ; M. Garbott, of Sidney Coll. ; M. Waden Clarensis ; Mr Prime, of Kings Coll. ; Mr Carter Clarensis. »

    Mention de provenance : Au premier plat : G. B. 40.

    1. Thanks very much for this, Guillaume Coatalen. We were not aware of this manuscript. It looks like an interesting collection of sermons. We will be in touch with you for further information on it. Thanks again.