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Dr Esther van Raamsdonk


  • Anglo-Dutch relations
  • English and Dutch Republican writings
  • Arminianism
  • Political propaganda
  • Biblical narratives
  • John Milton
  • Andrew Marvell
  • John Dryden
  • Constantijn Huygens
  • Joost van den Vondel

I am a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2020-23) at the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick. This project examines the politics of seventeenth-century biblical adaptation in the Dutch Republic and England.

Previously, I was an AHRC-funded postdoctoral researcher for ‘Networking Archives’ at Queen Mary University, London, and the University of Oxford, a digital humanities project that performs networking analysis on the Tudor and Stuart State Papers in the National Archives. I completed a Ph.D. at the University of Exeter on Milton, Marvell, and Anglo-Dutch Relations.

My first monograph is just out and entitled Milton, Marvell, and the Dutch Republic (Routledge 2021).

British Academy Project:

Title: The Politics of Biblical Narrative in a Seventeenth-Century Anglo-Dutch Context

This study will explore the influence of political thought on the production of vernacular versions of the Bible in England and the United Provinces during the seventeenth century, and contemporary literary adaptations of biblical narratives in these countries. The diverse ways in which biblical narratives were depicted, allegorised, adapted, and published, reveal much about the aims, fears and tensions defining this seminal period in both nations’ history. As well as underpinning further development of an innovative transnational critical methodology, the project will produce new readings of canonical literary works, establish the importance of the period’s transnational cultural sphere, and re-evaluate the sociocultural impact of scriptural texts.


Selected Publications


Edited Collections:

  • With Sjoerd Levelt and Michael D. Rose, eds., Anglo-Dutch Relations in the Early Modern World (Routledge: submitted, 2022)


  • 'The politics of Sixteenth-Century Anglo-Dutch Bible Translation', in The Literary Heritage of Anglo-Dutch Relations, c. 1050-1600 (Oxford University Press, British Academy Publications, 2022).
  • ‘Maritime Mirrors: Littoral Rhetoric in Marvell’s Dutch Satires’, Andrew Marvell: The Poet at 400 (Oxford University Press, British Academy Publications, 2022).

  • With Ruth Ahnert, ‘Milton’s Correspondence Network’, Renaissance and Reformation, (special issue on Milton and Digital Humanities), (Forthcoming, 2022).
  • ‘Milton’s Dutch Satan and Vondel’s English Lucifer’, Renaissance Studies, online preview,  
  • With Alan Moss (Radboud University of Nijmegen), ‘Across the Narrow Sea: A Transnational Approach to Seventeenth-Century English and Dutch Travelogues’, The Seventeenth Century, (online 2018), 35.1 (2020),
  • ‘Creation in Milton’s Paradise Lost and Vondel’s Adam in Ballingschap (1660)’, Milton Quarterly, 51.2 (May 2017): 96-110,
  • ‘Did Milton Know Dutch?’, Notes and Queries, 63.1 (March, 2016): 53-56.

Book Chapters:

  • With Michael Rose, ‘Silken Lines and Silver Hooks: Anglo-Dutch Relations in the Seventeenth Century’, in Anglo-Dutch Relations in the Early Modern World (Routledge: under contract, 2021).
  • With Michael Rose, ‘Plockhoy’s Portable Utopia: Bridging Radical Circles in England and in The Netherlands’, in Anglo-Dutch Relations in the Early Modern World (Routledge:under contract, 2021)
  • With Yann Ryan, 'The Republic of Letters: A Quantitative Case-Study’, in Silken Hooks and Silver Lines: Anglo-Dutch Relations in the Early Modern World (Forthcoming, 2021)
  • ‘Lisa Jardine: An Explorer in Anglo-Dutch History’, in Anglo-Netherlands Society Centenary Publication 1920-2020 (commissioned by the Anglo-Netherlands Society, 2020).

Selected Reviews:

  • ‘Review: Warren Chernaik, Milton and the Burden of Freedom (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pb, 2019)’, MLR (Forthcoming).

  • ‘Review: Ineke Huysman and Roosje Peters, eds., Johan de Witt en Engeland: Een Bloemlezing uit zijn Correspondentie (Soest: Catullus, 2019), Renaissance Studies (Forthcoming).
  • ‘Review: Garrod Alexander, Marcaida Raphaële, José Ramón and Richard J. Oosterhoff, Logodaedalus: Word Histories of Ingenuity in Early Modern Europe (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018)’, Renaissance Studies (Published online September 2019).
  • ‘Review: Helmer J. Helmers and Geert H. Janssen, eds., The Cambridge Companion to the Dutch Golden Age (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018)’, Renaissance Studies (Published online July 2019).
  • ‘Review: Coen Maas, Medievalism and Political Rhetoric in Humanist Historiography from the Low Countries (1515-1609) (Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2018)’, Renaissance Studies, 33.5 (Nov 2019): 864-866.
  • ‘Review: Marco Barducci, Hugo Grotius and the Century of Revolution, 1613-1718 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), Renaissance Studies, 33.3 (Jun 2019): 462-463.
  • ‘Review: Paul Hammond, Milton’s Complex Words (Oxford University Press, 2017)’, MLR, 114.2 (April 2019): 353-354.
  • ‘Review: Heleen B. van der Weel, François en Pieter Hemony: Stadsklokken- en Geschutgieters in de Gouden Eeuw (Hilversum: Verloren, 2018)’, Early Modern Low Countries, 2.2 (December 2018): 304-305. 
  • ‘Review: Angelica Duran, Islam Issa, Jonathan R. Olson, eds. Milton in Translation (Oxford University Press, 2017)’, MLR, 113.4 (October 2018): 860-861.



  • British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2020 – 2023).
  • AHRC Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Networking Archives, Queen Mary University, London and University of Oxford (2018-2019).
  • AHRC doctoral studentship, University of Exeter (2013 – 2016).
  • University of Exeter Activity Award (Dec 2015).
  • AHRC Research Support Training Grant (Apr – Jun 2015).
  • Harting Scholarship, Bangor and Utrecht University (2011 – 2013).



Ph.D., University of Exeter.

Masters in English Literature 1500-1700, Bangor University.

Bachelor in English Language and Culture, Utrecht University.