The Development of William Cecil's Italic Handwriting

Gibson, Jonathan (2020). The Development of William Cecil's Italic Handwriting. Etudes Anglaises, 73(3) pp. 329–346.



This article establishes a detailed chronology of William Cecil’s early life and identifies and describes eight different hands used in sequence by William during this period. It links Robert Cecil’s comments on William’s writing, as far as is possible, to specific developments in William’s hands, also linking William’s hands to model hands in contemporary printed handwriting manuals. Between 1599 and 1612 (between, that is, the ages of 8 and 20), William changed his hand seven times.

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