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Tudor Networks

Historians may enjoy this interactive project that tracks the Tudor government's communication network. Using materials from the United Kingdom's State Papers archive, the project provides unique insights on the period from Henry VIII's accession to Elizabeth I's death (covering 1509-1603). The thick black lines represent individuals, and the blue and red offshoots show letters sent and received. Essentially, these lines trace communications in a modernized version of a string-and-pin corkboard organizational tool. With more than 100,000 letters from more than 20,000 people inputted, the project provides a comprehensive overview of the breadth of communications that were exchanged. Before clicking through the different individuals and paths, readers will want to begin with the introduction video, linked in the top left corner. This three minute clip provides a brief history and describes how to navigate the platform. This project was a collaboration between Ruth and Sebastian Ahnert, who contributed the research, and Kim Albrecht, who created the visualization. This data visualization is one component of Tudor Networks of Power, which receives funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Stanford Humanities Center, and Queen Mary University of London.
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2021-04-16 13:00:15
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