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An ubiquitous early modern genre, the letter was something that most literate people would have produced, its popularity prompting the publication of a number of letter-writing manuals in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Constance Fowler wrote eight letters to Herbert Aston, while he accompanied their father, Sir Walter Aston, on a Spanish diplomatic embassy. According to David Bergeron, the James I and VI - George Villiers, First Duke of Buckingham correspondence constitutes a record of the longest, most loving, and most mutual of James's relationships with his favourites. Buckingham's talents and commitment to James's service were demonstrated in his reorganization and revitalization of the navy. Twentieth-century critics have generally viewed Mary Stuart's eighty letters to Frances Apsley as grotesquely inflated expressions of devotion; excused them as reflecting the passionate language of 'a romantic young lady to a girl friend'.

Same-Sex Desire in Early Modern England, 1550–1735

An anthology of literary texts and contexts


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