Robert Cecil's Handwriting Advice to his Son

Gibson, Jonathan and Coatalen, Guillaume (2020). Robert Cecil's Handwriting Advice to his Son. Etudes Anglaises, 73(3) pp. 313–328.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3917/etan.733.0313

Abstract

The article offers an annotated and commentated critical edition of a selection of six letters chosen from the manuscript correspondence between Robert Cecil (1 June 1563-24 May 1612), Queen Elizabeth I’s and James I’s Secretary of State, and his son William Cecil, Viscount Cranborne (28 March 1591-3 December 1668). In addition to presenting new illuminating material on the practice and significance of handwriting among the Jacobean elite, this contribution may serve as a practical illustration of a scholarly edition of early modern manuscripts, the most obvious way in which the field has contributed to both literary and historical studies.

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