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Name: Hannah Yip

PhD: English Literature

Thesis Title:  Visual Elements of English Printed Sermons, c. 1540 – c. 1660: Reading, Religious Politics, and Iconography


Thesis Description:

Although an estimated 3,000 sermons were published in England in the years 1558–1640 (Ian Green, 2000), the printed sermon’s place in English commerce and reading culture remains under-researched amidst thriving studies of its oral delivery. Seeking to address this neglect in the scholarship of ‘the most characteristic religious genre’ of early modern England (Mary Morrissey, 1999), this project focuses on the ways in which these oral texts were transformed into attractive printed artefacts: ‘Checqver-work[s] [...] Made up of Blacks and Whites’ (Francis Roberts, 1657). It argues that illustrative matter and visual characteristics worked in tandem with the text, contributing to the printed sermon’s widespread appeal, in a thoroughly Protestant interplay of word and image.

Investigating the work of printers from Wynkyn de Worde to Richard Royston, engravers such as John Payne, Martin Droeshout and Wenceslaus Hollar, and their impact upon the sermons of household names (John Donne) and lesser-known preachers (Samuel Bernard), my thesis constitutes an interdisciplinary and bibliographical study of a much-overlooked aspect of the sermon from its earliest appearances in print through to the beginning of its ‘golden age’ in the long eighteenth century (Keith A. Francis and William Gibson, 2012).


Supervisors and Institution(s): 

Professor Hugh Adlington (University of Birmingham)

Dr Tara Hamling (University of Birmingham)

Further Information:

AHRC-Huntington Fellow, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, September–December 2019.

I am a Research Assistant for 'GEMMS – Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons', based at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan (Principal Investigators: Professor Jeanne Shami and Dr Anne James) (January 2018 – present).


Book Reviews:

  • Yip, Hannah, Review of Katherine Acheson (ed.), Early Modern English Marginalia (Routledge, 2019), Renaissance Studies (forthcoming 2019)
  • Yip, Hannah, Review of Torrance Kirby, et al, eds, Sermons at Paul's Cross, 1521–1642 (OUP, 2017), Journal of Religious History, 43.1 (2019), 139–140.

Media Engagement:

Selected Conference Papers:



  • ‘Creating a community of sermon scholars: GEMMS – the Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons’, Center for Sermon Studies annual conference, Dublin, Ireland (September 2019) – Invited plenary speaker, with Dr Jennifer Farooq (University of Regina)
  • ‘The political sermon in print in Jacobean England: reflections and new research avenues’, Renaissance Conference of Southern California, The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA (March 2019) – Invited panellist: Preachers, Plays, and Patronage: Political Influence in Seventeenth-Century England


  • ‘The familial afterlives of printed sermons in post-Reformation England’, Remembering the Reformation Postgraduate Symposium, Lambeth Palace Library (October 2018)
  • ‘From pageantry to piety: heraldic art as a preaching tool in early modern England’, Center for Sermon Studies annual conference, Montréal, Canada (October 2018) – Additional activity: Chair
  • ‘Non-official printed homilies in post-Reformation England’, Reformation Studies Colloquium, University of Essex (August 2018)
  • ‘Sermon to page’, CREMS lightning presentation, University of Birmingham (March 2018)


  • ‘‘This Text is as pat to our purpose as a Cow’s thumb’: Satirical printed sermons in England, c. 1641 – c. 1660’, Pamphleteering Culture, 1558–1702, University of Edinburgh (September 2017) – Travel bursary, Royal Historical Society and the Society for Renaissance Studies
  • ‘Marginalia in the early modern English printed sermon’, Marginalia Workshop c. 1500 – 1700, Canterbury Christ Church University (September 2017) – Additional activity: Co-chair


  • ‘‘The text and the occasion mingled together make a chequer-worke, a mixture of black and white, mourning and joy’: visual elements of the printed funeral sermon in early modern England’, What is an Image in Medieval and Early Modern England?, University of Zurich (September 2016)
  • ‘‘A Monument’s rais’d by your loyalty […] Which with each Age shall printed be a-new’: the plight of Royalist families as portrayed in printed funeral sermons, 1648–1661’, The People All Changed: Religion and Society in Britain During the 1650s, University of Portsmouth (July 2016)

Society Memberships:

  • The Bibliographical Society 
  • Renaissance Society of America
  • Society for Renaissance Studies


Courses Attended:

These courses were generously funded by the AHRC. 

  • ‘Intermediate Early Modern English Palaeography’, Institute of English Studies, University of London (January 2019)
  • ‘Provenance in Books before 1900’ and ‘The Early Modern Book in England’ at the London Rare Books School (June 2018)
  • London International Palaeography Summer School (June 2018 and June 2019)
  • Lyell Workshops in Bookbinding, University of Oxford, led by Dr David Pearson, Lyell Reader in Bibliography, 2017–2018 (February 2018)
  • Latin 1–3, City Literary Institute, London (January 2018–present)


Guest Tutor, Professing Writing, MA English, King’s College London (26 February 2019)

Postgraduate Teaching Associate, Poetry Module, BA English (Year One), University of Birmingham (January–March 2019)

Research Interests:

The religious and cultural history of early modern England; in particular, the interaction between oral, printed and visual cultures within the period of the English Reformation through to the Civil Wars and Interregnum.

  • Early modern preaching
  • Print culture
  • Book history
  • Commemorative culture

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