Nicholas J. Crowe taught and researched at Oxford for 25 years. He was Senior Dean at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Oxford and, before that, Research Fellow at St John’s College and Lecturer and Tutor at Hertford College, and at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford. His interests – in which he has published extensively – focus on English and comparative literature, particularly at their borders with intellectual history, from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. He has chaired nine major international conferences, and is a frequent invited lecturer in Britain and Europe, as well as the USA, where he has held Visiting Professorships. In addition to some 50 articles on literature, language, and the history of ideas, his earlier books include a scholarly edition of Jeremias Drexel’s Christian Zodiac (2013), and an edited volume, Rhetoric in the Twenty-First Century (2016).