Book Review

The Material Letter in Early Modern England: Manuscript Letters and the Culture and Practices of Letter-Writing, 1512-1635. ByJames Daybell. Palgrave Macmillan. 2012. xv + 357pp. £60.00

Citation

Jackson Williams K (2015) The Material Letter in Early Modern England: Manuscript Letters and the Culture and Practices of Letter-Writing, 1512-1635. ByJames Daybell. Palgrave Macmillan. 2012. xv + 357pp. £60.00. Review of: The Material Letter in Early Modern England: Manuscript Letters and the Culture and Practices of Letter‐Writing, 1512‐1635. By Daybell, James. Palgrave Macmillan. 2012. xv + 357pp. History, 100 (341), pp. 454-455. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-229x.12112_11

Abstract
First paragraph: In The Material Letter in Early Modern England James Daybell has examined thousands of manuscripts in fifty‐eight archives to build a compelling case for the importance of materiality in the study of early modern English letter‐writing. Beginning with the appointment of Sir Brian Tuke as Henry VIII's Master of Posts in 1512 and extending to Charles I's establishment of a national postal system in 1635, The Material Letter provides a guide to the protean messiness of correspondence in a period which saw English epistolary habits and technologies undergo drastic change.

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Output Type: Book Review

Journal
History: Volume 100, Issue 341

StatusPublished
FundersUniversity of St Andrews
Publication date31/07/2015
Publication date online30/06/2015
Date accepted by journal16/09/2014
PublisherWiley
ISSN0018-2648
eISSN1468-229X
Item discussedThe Material Letter in Early Modern England: Manuscript Letters and the Culture and Practices of Letter‐Writing, 1512‐1635. By Daybell, James. Palgrave Macmillan. 2012. xv + 357pp