The Material Letter in Early Modern England

Manuscript Letters and the Culture and Practices of Letter-Writing, 1512–1635

  • James Daybell

Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. James Daybell
    Pages 1-29
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    Pages 85-108
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    Pages 148-174
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 234-357

About this book


The first major socio-cultural study of manuscript letters and letter-writing practices in early modern England. Daybell examines a crucial period in the development of the English vernacular letter before Charles I's postal reforms in 1635, one that witnessed a significant extension of letter-writing skills throughout society.


bibliography culture England English interpret knowledge manuscript reform reforms society writing

Authors and affiliations

  • James Daybell
    • 1
  1. 1.Plymouth UniversityUSA

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