Dr Matthew McLean
Dr Matthew McLean

Matthew McLean

MA, M.Litt, Ph.D. (St And) - Lecturer

Contact Details

E-mail - mam5@st-andrews.ac.uk
Telephone - +44 (0)1334 462924
Fax - +44 (0)1334 463334

Research Profile on Research@StAndrews


Teaching and Research Interests

The heart of my research is the scholarly culture of the late Renaissance and early Reformation era.  I worked first of all on humanism and international humanist networks centred upon Reformed Basel, and studied works of cosmography as expressions of early modern history writing, geography and cartography, with a focus upon the intersection between traditional knowledge, scientific enquiry and religion. 

More recently I have worked on Bible scholarship and the culture of translation among those same networks of humanist scholars, and the remarkable body of learning which they produced.  I am working on a study of the new Reformed Latin translations of the Bible in the sixteenth century, each of which speaks to a particular moment of religious, cultural or political crisis.

My teaching covers aspects of European history, chiefly the intellectual and social developments of the northern Renaissance and the Reformation.

Main Publications


  • Matthew McLean, The Cosmographia of Sebastian Münster: Describing the World in the Reformation (Aldershot, 2007).

Edited Volumes

  • Matthew McLean and Sara Barker (eds.), International Exchange in the Early Modern Book World (Leiden, 2016).
  • Bruce Gordon and Matthew McLean (eds.), Shaping the Bible in the Reformation: Books, Scholars and their Readers in the Sixteenth Century (Leiden, 2012).


  • Matthew McLean, ‘‘Praeceptor Amicissimus’: Konrad Pellikan and the Models of Teacher, Student, and the Ideal of Scholarship’ in Luca Bascera, Bruce Gordon and Christian Moser (eds.), Following Zwingli: Applying the Past in Reformation Zürich (Aldershot, 2014).
  • Matthew McLean, ‘Between Basel and Zürich: Humanist Rivalries and the Works of Sebastian Münster’ in Malcolm Walsby and Graeme Kemp (eds.), The Book Triumphant: Print in Transition in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (Leiden, 2011).

Administrative Duties

I am currently the Chair of the Department of Modern History, and coordinate MO1007: the Early Modern Western World and the Book History M.Litt.


Teaching Duties

MO1007 The Early Modern Western World 1450 - 1770
HI2001 History as a Discipline: Development and Key Concepts
MO3005 The Early Reformation in Europe, 1517-1555
MO3029 The Northern Renaissance

School Convenor: ID1004 Communication and Teaching in Arts and Humanities

HI4999 Honours Dissertation in History
MO5011 Aspects of Reformation
MO5113 The Hand Press Book from Renaissance to Romanticism
MO5602 Directed Reading for M.Litt programmes
MO5001 Approaches and Sources in Early Modern History
MO5099 M.Litt Dissertation



Main Publications