David Colclough is Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary. He works on the literature and culture of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His research focuses on the history of English political thought, rhetoric and the religious writing of the period. He is the author of Freedom of Speech in Early Stuart England (Cambridge, 2005) and of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography article on John Donne, and editor of John Donne’s Professional Lives (2003). He is currently editing New Atlantis for the Oxford Francis Bacon, and Volume 3 of the new Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne: Sermons to the Court of Charles I.