Life and Letters in Tudor and Stuart England

Life and Letters in Tudor and Stuart England

Life and Letters in Tudor and Stuart England

Life and Letters in Tudor and Stuart England

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The Folger Shakespeare Library of Washington, D.C., a research institution administered by the Trustees of Amherst College, has an extraordinary collection of books, pamphlets, manuscripts, engravings, and other materials useful for the study of Western civilization from about 1485 to 1715. Although the primary purpose of the Folger Library is to encourage advanced research in history and literature, the Library also recognizes an obligation to the nonspecialist who wants to know more about the civilization of western Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, particularly the civilization of the Tudor and Stuart periods, when the English-speaking people were beginning their first expansion overseas and were laying the foundations of new realms abroad.

The Folger Library is publishing a series of booklets designed to describe various aspects of the history of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. These booklets, illustrated with contemporary pictures, for the most part from the Folger's own collections, and equipped with selective bibliographies, have proved helpful to students and general readers in search of concise introductions to a variety of topics in social and intellectual history. For the further convenience of readers, we have planned to bring the booklets together in a series of bound volumes. This is the first of such volumes.

It is particularly fitting that we can begin this series with an essay on Queen Elizabeth I by Sir John Neale, the distinguished biographer of the great Queen and one of the most eminent historians of the period. This essay, delivered as a lecture at the Folger Library on the four hundredth anniversary . . .

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