Dr Lucy Rachel Nicholas is Lecturer in Latin and Greek Language and Culture. She is particularly interested in classical reception and projects which bridge the fields of Neo-Latin and early modern Reformation history. Her doctoral thesis entailed a translation and contextual analysis of a Latin treatise on the Eucharist by the sixteenth century English humanist and Cambridge classical scholar, Roger Ascham. Aspects of this have been published as ‘Roger Ascham’s Defence of the Lord’s Supper’, Reformation, vol. 20 (2015), 26-61 and Roger Ascham’s ‘A Defence of the Lord’s Supper’: Latin Text and English Translation (Brill, 2017). She has recently co-edited an interdisciplinary volume on Roger Ascham (Brill, 2020) and three Neo-Latin anthologies on Britain, Europe and Universities (all with Bloomsbury). The Latin works of the Protestant circle at Cambridge University, including the verse and prose of Walter Haddon, represent the focus of her current research. She is the Latin Editor on the Thomas Nashe project and Treasurer of the Society for Neo-Latin Studies. She has held fellowships at The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies, Innsbruck (2019), The Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC (2016) and Tel Aviv University, Israel (2014-15).
Books and Edited Volumes
Lucy R. Nicholas, ‘Humanism and Reform in Sixteenth Century England re-examined through the Latin Works of Walter Haddon and his Circle’ in Brill Research Perspectives in Latinity and Classical Reception in the Early Modern Period (Brill, forthcoming).
Micha Lazarus and Lucy R. Nicholas, eds. Classical Reformations: Beyond Christian Humanism (Brepols, forthcoming).
Gesine Manuwald and Lucy R. Nicholas, eds., An Anthology of Neo-Latin Literature in British Universities, (Bloomsbury, 2022)
Lucy R. Nicholas and Ceri Law, eds., Roger Ascham and his Sixteenth-Century World (Brill, 2020)
Daniel Hadas, Gesine Manuwald and Lucy R. Nicholas, eds., An Anthology of European Neo-Latin Literature (Bloomsbury, 2020)
Luke B. Houghton, Gesine Manuwald and Lucy R. Nicholas, eds., An Anthology of British Neo-Latin Literature (Bloomsbury, 2020)
Svorad Zavarský, Lucy R. Nicholas, and Andrea Riedl, eds.,Themes of Polemical Theology Across Early Modern Literary Genres (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016)
Lucy R. Nicholas, Roger Ascham’s ‘A Defence of the Lord’s Supper’: Latin Text and English Translation (Brill, 2017)
Essays / Chapters
‘Classical Culture and Thomas Nashe’ in Andrew Hadfield, Jennifer Richards and Kate de Rycker, eds., Oxford Handbook of Thomas Nashe (OUP, in progress)
‘The sixteenth century’s revolution in rhetoric and its impact on the Baroque’, in Jacqueline Glomski, Gesine Manuwald and Andrew Taylor, eds., Baroque Latinity (Bloomsbury, forthcoming, 2023).
‘ad fontes et ad futurum: a survey of the Utopias in Latin’, in Cathy Shrank and Phil Withington, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Thomas More’s Utopia (OUP, 2022)
‘New perspectives on Cambridge’s role in the religious Reformation: Roger Ascham and the early Edwardian religious debates at the University’ in John F. McDiarmid and Susan Wabuda, eds., The Cambridge Connection in Tudor England: Humanism, Reform, Rhetoric, Politics (Brill, 2021)
‘In Search of the Truth: Mid-Sixteenth Century Disputations on the Eucharist in England’ in Robert Seidel ed., Early Modern Disputations and Dissertations in an Interdisciplinary and European Context (Brill, 2020), 105-44
‘Roger Ascham: a biographical appendix’ in Lucy R. Nicholas and Ceri Law eds., Roger Ascham and his Sixteenth Century World (Brill, 2020), 269-96
‘The Special Relationship: Ascham and Sturm, England and Strasbourg’ in Lucy R. Nicholas and Ceri Law eds., Roger Ascham and his Sixteenth Century World (Brill, 2020), 145-63
‘Exploring Polemical Theology in Humanism through a little-known tract on the Eucharist by the Tudor humanist, Roger Ascham’ in Svorad Zavarský, Lucy R. Nicholas and Andrea Riedl, eds., Themes of Polemical Theology Across Early Modern Literary Genres (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016), 67-84
‘Sin and Salvation in Roger Ascham’s Apologia pro Caena Dominica’ in Jonathan Willis ed., Sin and Salvation in Reformation England (Ashgate, 2015), 87-99
‘ “Amid the tears we sing”: Virgil and Humanity’, The Proceedings of the Virgil Society, vol. 30, 2020, 101-21
‘Roger Ascham’s Defence of the Lord’s Supper’, Reformation, vol. 20, 2015, 26-61
Journal Book / Article Peer Reviewing
For: Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes; Huntington Library Quarterly; Journal of Ecclesiastical History; and Classical World
I supervise students in projects that centre on classical reception, the classical tradition, Neo-Latin and Neo-Greek.