Associate Director of the University Writing Program (UWP) and Director of the English Language Writing Requirement (ELWR) for the University of California at Riverside, Paul Beehler is an Associate Professor of Teaching in the Department of English. His research interests include Shakespeare, composition theory, and writing programme administration. Currently, Professor Beehler serves on the Committee on Preparatory Education at the University of California, Riverside and chairs the U.C. systemwide committee on English for Multilingual Students. He also co-founded the Writing And Foster Youth Alliance (WAFYA), an organization dedicated to serving former foster youth. Paul’s supportive family includes his wife, Dorene, and two children, Harry and Megan.


Donato De Gianni earned his MA in Classical Philology at the University of Naples ‘Federico II’ and then his PhD at the University of Macerata in Italy. After a research stay at North-West University (South Africa), he has been a Humboldt Fellow at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal (Germany) since September 2017. His research focuses on Latin literature of late antiquity, especially Christian Latin poetry, Latin lexicography as well as the reception of classics.


Marianne Dircksen is a former director of the School of Ancient Languages and Text Studies at the North West University in South Africa. Before her retirement in 2016 she taught Latin language and literature at university level for 40 years. The Histories and Annals of Tacitus were the subject of both her Master’s dissertation and D.Litt. et Phil. thesis. She has published mainly on Tacitus and Latin pedagogy. Since her retirement she has become involved in a project aimed at the translation and annotation of Latin documents dating from the late 16th century.


Nina Newman is a lecturer at the Tshwane University of Technology, where she teaches jewellery rendering and design, and supervises B.Tech and M.Tech students. Her M.Tech (Fine Arts) degree specialized in Jewellery Design and Manufacture, focusing the translation of idealized Renaissance enamelled botanical motifs into contemporary adornment. Nina has been a finalist or winner in various jewellery design competitions and is a qualified goldsmith. Nina also designs and manufactures contemporary jewellery and takes part in many jewellery group exhibitions.


The late Ingrid Stevens was a professor in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at the Tshwane University of Technology, teaching painting, ceramics and art theory. Her D.Tech (Fine Arts) thesis focused on sustainability in South African crafts projects, while her master’s dissertation investigated contemporary art criticism. She has published extensively, both in popular press and scholarly journals, on contemporary art, South African crafts and theories of art criticism, and is known for her drawings and ceramics. Very sadly, she passed away in December 2019, while this volume was still in press.


Peter Titlestad taught very briefly in Norway, somewhat less briefly at the University of Natal, Durban under Ray Sands, and then served a life sentence at the University of Pretoria, with a lengthy spell as Head of Department. He was Chair of PanSALB’s English National Body for ten years, with a special interest in language politics. His research focuses on theology, politics and literature of the Reformation era, including Shakespeare, Milton and Bunyan.



NINA NEWMAN & INGRID STEVENS • Early Renaissance Idealization as a Framework for Contemporary Jewellery Design

MARIANNE DIRCKSEN & DONATO DE GIANNI • Towards a Critical Edition and Modern Translation of Robert Persons’ De persecutione Anglicana

PAUL A.J. BEEHLER • Historical Nexus: Bewitching Nurses in Rupert Goold’s Visual Medium of Macbeth

P. J. H. TITLESTAD • Elizabethan translation, John Bunyan’s ‘wounded conscience’, and Arthur Dent’s Plaine Mans Pathway to Heaven