Thomas Bodley (1545- 1613) is most well-known for founding Oxford's Bodleian Library. Bodley also served as a diplomat between 1595 and 1597, traveled to a number of European sovereigns, and represented England in the Council of the State for the United Provinces in the Netherlands between 1588 and 1597. The Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL) at the University College London, in collaboration with the Bodleian Library, has digitized Bodley's diplomatic correspondence. This collection provides great insight into late-sixteenth-century European politics. Visitors can browse this collection by author or recipients (a list that includes Queen Elizabeth, Anthony Bacon, and Robert Cecil, among others). Alternatively, visitors may browse letters by location, people mentioned, or places mentioned. In addition, letters are arranged chronologically on a timeline in the dates section. The editorial section contains essays that provide historical context to this remarkable collection. Finally, the project boasts a number of interesting data visualizations, including social network analyses.
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