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Bess of Hardwick's Letters

Time-travel to 16th-century England with Bess of Hardwick's Letters. Bess of Hardwick was both a matriarch and a mystery, and this collection of her correspondences welcomes readers "to eavesdrop on her world." The Background page is the perfect place to start. Here, readers will find useful tools including a tutorial on "Reading Early Modern Handwriting" and a "Reader's Guide" on the unique stylistic tendencies of early English writing. After this introduction, visitors can find letters through the Custom Search and Browse & Filter pages. Images of letters are embedded on the site, and readers also have an option to download the letter as a PDF. The downloadable version includes brief biographies of the individuals associated with the correspondence. These details can also be located by clicking on the names in the "to" and "from" fields at the top of each record. More than 200 letters are available in the collection, spanning the years 1550 to 1607. The University of Glasgow developed this project in collaboration with the Digital Humanities Institute at the University of Sheffield and through funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
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