Academic journal article The Seventeenth Century

Editorial

Academic journal article The Seventeenth Century

Editorial

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The founding principles of The Seventeenth Century were that this journal should be international in its coverage; that it should cover the whole chronological period of the century; and be open to innovative investigation into all aspects of its cultural, political, social, religious, and intellectual life. A particular emphasis has always been placed on the publication of documents that are newly discovered, or that have been wrongly attributed or misinterpreted.

This issue opens with two articles that each focus on a newly discovered document of exceptional interest.

John O'Brien makes public his discovery of a remarkable unrecorded copy of the crucial 1595 third edition of Montaigne's Essais, the edition that was edited by Montaigne's fille d'alliance Marie de Goumay. This is a presentation copy of great significance. It was inscribed around 1625 by Marie de Goumay, and her extensive corrections and annotations include a unique manuscript reworking of a famous passage of the text.

The second new document to be analysed is no less remarkable: the original manifesto of Sir Francis Kynaston's academy for the sons of the aristocracy, the Musaeum Minervae of 1635-36. Richard Cust investigates the background and history of this royally supported enterprise and provides a full annotated transcript of the manifesto. …

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