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This was a favorite text among the Cambridge Platonists (Whichcote, Cudworth, Smith, and More), to whom Culverwell was close. He had obviously absorbed much also from Bacon, Grotius, and Selden. However, the most profound influence on him was that of the Spanish Jesuit Francisco Suárez’s De Legibus, ac Deo Legislatore (1612), which is also part of this series.
An Elegant and Learned Discourse was delivered as a series of sermon-like lectures at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1645/46 and
published posthumously in 1652.
Nathaniel Culverwell (16191651) was a fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Robert A. Greene is Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
Hugh MacCallum was Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Toronto.
Knud Haakonssen is Professor of Intellectual History and Director of the Centre for Intellectual History at the University of Sussex, England.