David Rundle, is a cultural and intellectual historian, codicologist and a palaeographer. His research has three main elements. One is the role of books within the late medieval and early modern culture of western Europe, at a time when the majority in most societies were illiterate. Another is the movement of ideas within the shared civilisation of Western Christendom, a topic he studies by using the physical evidence of surviving manuscripts to track the availability of and responses to works. The third element is the power of ideas in politics in the period -- or, more often, their lack of power. He has worked on the catalogue of the manuscripts of Corpus Christi and Magdalen Colleges, Oxford. He is also publishing The Renaissance Reform of the Book and Britain, Cambridge university Press, 2019.