The Letters of Joan and Maria Thynne, 1575-1611


The Letters of Joan and Maria Thynne, 1575-1611


Williams, Graham


Distributed by the University of Oxford under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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  • designation: CollectionText
  • size: 58 files: c. 578 KB
Creation Date

Original transcription from manuscripts: Winter 2009. XML transferral: August 2012

Source Description

Longleat Library ms Thynne Papers


This resource is comprised of 52 diplomatic XML transcriptions of familiar letters, transcribed directly from their manuscript sources at Longleat Library, Wiltshire. The letters were written by two early modern women, Joan and Maria Thynne, between 1575-1611. Many of these were written by the women themselves, however, there are also scribal examples from Joan (an aspect of meta-data recorded in the XML). All the letters are written to family members (mostly husbands) and provide a rich source of information to do with language, social history and the composition of everyday women's letters in late Elizabethan/early Jacobean England.

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