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" forthcoming 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

Lucy Busfield has recently completed her doctoral research in Theology at Oxford University. Her thesis, “Protestant Epistolary Counselling in Early Modern England, c. 1559-1660,” concerns spiritual counselling and pastoral correspondence in early modern English Protestantism. She has published two articles on gender and passion piety in early modern England in the Reformation and Renaissance Review and has contributed a chapter on Nehemiah Wallington and epistolary counselling to Doubting Christianity (Studies in Church History, 52). She is currently engaged in educational outreach work with secondary school students for Wadham College, Oxford, alongside undergraduate tutorial teaching in Reformation history.

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 is a PhD candidate 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. 

Past Research Assistants

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.