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The Diplomatic Correspondence of Thomas Bodley, 1585-1597

The signature of Thomas Bodley

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This project represents phase one of the work being done at CELL on Thomas Bodley. The letters of Bodley, founder of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, which relate to his diplomatic services in the years prior to his bibliographical activities offer a rich resource for Early Modern Studies. This CELL project, in partnership with the Bodleian Library, presents an online edition of all the letters in English between Bodley and his correspondents between the years 1585-97, written principally during his tenure as English representative on the Council of State in the United Provinces during the Dutch Revolt.

The 988 letters have been encoded to permit readers to custom-build their own transcripts according to their research preferences, and engage with the text on their own terms. The editor of this project is Robyn Adams, and the research assistant is Elizabeth Williamson. The technical framework and assistance is designed and supported by Matthew Symonds, Jan Broadway and Jaap Geraerts.