Eric Nelson

The Unlikely Key
February 10, 2011

“I have always loved the Holy Tongue”: Isaac Casaubon, the Jews, and a Forgotten Chapter in Renaissance Scholarship By Anthony Grafton and Joanna Weinberg (Belknap Press, 380 pp., $35) In March 1629, the lawyer and parliamentarian John Selden found himself in the Tower of London without any books to keep him company. England’s greatest man of letters, Selden had been arrested on orders from Charles I for denying the king’s authority to adjourn the House of Commons.