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.



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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