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Women Letter-Writers in Tudor England

James Daybell


This book presents a study of women's letters and letter-writing during the early modern period, and acts as a corrective to traditional ways of reading and discussing letters as private, elite, male, and non-political. Based on over 3,000 manuscript letters, it shows that letter-writing was a larger and more socially diversified area of female activity than has been hitherto assumed. In that letters constitute the largest body of extant 16th-century women's writing, the book initiates a reassessment of women's education and literacy in the period. As indicators of literacy, letters yield phys ... More

Keywords: letter, letter-writing, education, literacy, patronage, politics, family, epistolary conventions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199259915
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259915.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Daybell, author
Assistant Professor in Medieval and Early Modern History, Central Michigan University
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