N. H. Keeble is Professor Emeritus of English Studies at the University of Scotland, Stirling, from which he retired in 2010 as Senior Deputy Principal. His academic and research interests lie in English cultural (and especially literary and religious history) of the early modern period, 1500-1725. His publications in this field include studies of Richard Baxter: Puritan Man of Letters (1982), The Literary Culture of Nonconformity in later seventeenth-century England (1987), The Restoration: England in the 1660s (2002), a two-volume Calendar of the Correspondence of Richard Baxter (1991; with Geoffrey F. Nuttall) and editions of texts by Richard Baxter, John Bunyan, Daniel Defoe, Lucy Hutchinson and Andrew Marvell. He currently leads an AHRC funded project to prepare a scholarly edition of Richard Baxter's Reliquiae Baxterianae for publication by Oxford University Press.
Nicholas McDowell is Professor of Early Modern Literature and Thought at the University of Exeter. His visiting positions have included Membership of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He is the author of The English Radical Imagination: Culture, Religion, and Revolution, 1630-1660 (OUP, 2003) and Poetry and Allegiance in the English Civil Wars: Marvell and the Cause of Wit (OUP, 2008), and he is the editor, with Nigel Smith, of The Oxford Handbook of Milton (OUP, 2009; paperback, 2011), which was awarded the 2009 Irene Samuel Award of the Milton Society of America for most distinguished collection. In 2007 he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize by the Leverhulme Trust. He is currently writing an intellectual biography of Milton.