Telling stories from the Cavendish financial accounts
, materiality and archival afterlife.2 It is concerned with how
these conventional texts could be customised to serve the agendas of individuals
or to accommodate the requirements of particular communities. It is concerned
with how and why a person might draw up a set of financial accounts, but
also with the implications of choices made over scribes, handwriting, presentation, personal spelling system and linguistic scripts. It is concerned with
financial accounts as texts that had communicative functions related to their
moment of production, but which could also carry
8 An Exact Account of the Daily Proceedings of the Commission of Oyer and Terminer at
York (1664), 2; The Intelligencer, no. 5 (18 January 1664); see also The National Archives
[TNA]: SP 29/70 fol. 130.
9 Robert Surtees, The History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham, compiled
from original records, 4 vols (London, 1816–40), ii, pp. 389–90.
10 Ibid., pp. 389–90.
11 Ibid., pp. 389–90.
12 Ibid., pp. 389–90.
13 For the Gunpowder Plot, see Pauline Croft, ‘The Gunpowder Plot Fails’ in Brenda
Buchanan and others, Gunpowder Plots (London
.bessofhardwick.org (accessed 13 June 2018).
10 The full archive reference for each letter, which lists archive, letter collection,
volume and folio numbers, can be found at: www.bessofhardwick.org. In addition
to the full archive reference, the date (if known), place of composition (if known),
recipient and content of each letter can be found on the digital edition of her
letters. For example, ID 107: Magdalene College, Cambridge, Pepys MS 2503,
pp. 203–6. January 1569. Tutbury, Staffordshire. To Dudley. Letter conveying
information regarding the arrival of Mary, Queen of Scots. The
into the marriage, it is not clear
whether she or Shrewsbury was responsible for the enclosure. See the conflicting
interpretations by Durant, Bess of Hardwick, p. 46; Kershaw, ‘Power and duty’,
pp. 280 and 285; and Wood, Social Conflict, p. 210.
13 The National Archives, State Papers Domestic (Elizabeth) (hereafter TNA, SP),
12/207, item 44, fol. 65; image accessed through State Papers Online (Gale,
Cengage Learning, 2016; Gale Document Number: MC4304284445) at http://
gale.cengage.co.uk/state-papers-online-15091714.aspx (accessed 15 June 2018).
The countess of Shrewsbury and the Lady Arbella Stuart
Sara Jayne Steen
between them from Arbella’s youth
and tempting to assume that, had they been as close as were Arbella and
Mary Talbot, there would be more. That assumption about the relationship
might be true, but archival survival is not predictable, and when Arbella was
in her teens and twenties and a more capable correspondent, she more often
physically resided with her grandmother and thus would not have written to her.
During the Armada summer of 1588, Arbella was returned to Derbyshire.
Arbella later said she had been ‘disgraced in the Presence <at Greenwich>
A difficult and
presentation of Dublin as a fitting location for
a literary community. Through a consideration of three printed works
by Stanihurst, Bellings and Henry Burnell, Coolahan’s chapter opens up
concepts of literary friendship in a study that emphasises the geographical dimension of literary work. Empey follows on Coolahan’s study with
an appraisal of Sir James Ware’s career constructed through detailed
archival research. Empey examines the seventeenth-century historian’s
scholarly achievements through an analysis of De praesulibus lageniae
sive provinciae Dubliniensis (1628) and
in paper and storage while waiting for works to sell.16
14 Gilbert (eds), Calendar of the ancient records of Dublin, vol. i, p. 463; vol. ii, pp. 97, 118,
15 Dublin City Archives, MR/15, pp. 206, 207, 329, 662, 739.
16 Raymond Gillespie, Reading Ireland: Print, reading and social change in early modern
Ireland (Manchester, 2005), pp. 55–7; see also Wilkinson’s chapter in this volume.
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This does not mean that Dublin was without books for most of the
sixteenth century. The
Brehon Law in A view.24 The records for
Chancery are – or, rather, were – among the most substantial historical archives for early modern Ireland, as is also the case in England. It
is clear that plaintiffs involved in property disputes in particular sought
redress in the Chancery courts because they felt they had little chance
of success under the common law. The same is true in England in the
same period, of course, as the extensive Chancery records in the National
Archives demonstrate.25 However, the problem was especially acute for
the English in Ireland, not
article on the anatomy of the Scottish book trade, Alastair Mann has
urged scholars to move beyond the ‘surprisingly late’ and ‘surprisingly
small’ generalisations.25 He has pointed to high loss rates of books, significant developments in succeeding centuries, ready access to imports from
the Continent,26 the fact that many Scots published elsewhere and the
23 National Archives of Scotland, PS.1.3, f. 129.
24 R. A. Houston, Scottish literacy and the Scottish identity (Cambridge, 2002), p. 72.
25 This historiography is discussed in Alastair J. Mann, ‘The
with Raleigh’s character – an extravagant gamble on his part. What is more, the seals
he adopted in 1584, as Captain of the Queen’s Guard and Governor of the Colony of
Virginia, quite clearly show a cloak enveloping his coat of arms like wings, above his
new and tactfully chosen motto, Amore et Virtute.’ Raleigh Trevelyan, Sir Walter Raleigh
(London: Allen Lane, 2002), 47.
26 The NPG archive sitter box 2 has a rather incomplete collection of pictures of statues
and monuments of Ralegh, but it does contain several pictures of nineteenth-century
statues as well