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Sources for period correspondence.


NOTE: See also the files: alphabets-msg, calligraphy-msg, inks-msg, quills-msg, parchment-msg, paper-msg, sealing-wax-msg.





This file is a collection of various messages having a common theme that I have collected from my reading of the various computer networks. Some messages date back to 1989, some may be as recent as yesterday.


This file is part of a collection of files called Stefan's Florilegium. These files are available on the Internet at: http://www.florilegium.org


I have done a limited amount of editing. Messages having to do with separate topics were sometimes split into different files and sometimes extraneous information was removed. For instance, the message IDs were removed to save space and remove clutter.


The comments made in these messages are not necessarily my viewpoints. I make no claims as to the accuracy of the information given by the individual authors.


Please respect the time and efforts of those who have written these messages. The copyright status of these messages is unclear at this time. If information is published from these messages, please give credit to the originator(s).


Thank you,

   Mark S. Harris                  AKA:  THLord Stefan li Rous

                                         Stefan at florilegium.org



From: kellogg at rohan.sdsu.edu (C. Kevin Kellogg)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Letter writing

Date: 4 Feb 1997 20:22:54 GMT

Organization: San Diego State University Computing Services


Robb Hendershot (rhenders at msgate.litc.lockheed.com) wrote:


: Item, as regards the letter-writing habits of our esteemed forebears, I

: recommend to you the collected Paston Letters, Lisle Letters, Letters of

: Marsilio Ficino, The Plumpton Correspondence and similar manuscripts.

: After reading through these letters, you will doubtless feel more

: comfortable with the forms and addresses of the folk of the time.


: Does anyone know where I might find the letters and/or manuscripts

: mentioned?


: Lord Robert de Marchet

: robb.hendershot at lmco.com


       _Paston Letters and Papers of the Fifteenth Century_. Ed. Norman

       Davis. Oxford; Clarendon, 1971.


       _Franchesco Petrarch: Selected Letters_. <URL: http://



       Martin Luther, Letter to Archbishop of Mainz, 1517, <URL: http://



       John Calvin, Letter to the King, <URL: http://www.fordham.edu/



       Here are a few letter resources pulled off the web after

a short search.  I recommend that anyone looking for medieval or

rennaisance texts check out <URL: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/sbook.html>;.


       Good luck,

               Avenel Kellogg



From: ALBAN at delphi.COM

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Period Correspondence

Date: 5 Feb 1997 22:47:49 -0500


Lord Robert de Marchet asked

>Item, as regards the letter-writing habits of our esteemed forebears, I

>recommend to you the collected Paston Letters, Lisle Letters, Letters of

>Marsilio Ficino, The Plumpton Correspondence and similar

>manuscripts. After reading through these letters, you will doubtless

>feel more comfortable with the forms and addresses of the folk of the


>Does anyone know where I might find the letters and/or manuscripts



There are two out in printed form that I have:

St. Clare Byrne, Muriel, The Lisle Letters, Chicago; University of

Chicago Press, 1983. (There's the six-volume version, and there's this

one, which I own) (From a thank-you note to Lady Lisle from Lord

Howard, regarding some kidney-stone medicine: '...for it hath done mee

much good, and hath caused the stone to break, so that now I void

much gravel. But for all that, your said medicine hath done me little

honesty, for it made me piss my bed this night, for which my wife hath

sore beeten me....Ye have made me such a pisser that I dare not this day

go abroad.')

Viroge, Roger, ed., Private Life in the Fifteenth Century: Illustrated

Letters of the Paston Family, New York; Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1989.

(Not as complete as the Lisle letters, but it does have some pretty period


For further information, I'd suggest you'd go to your local university

library, and check under the appropriate subject headings. . . .





From: Katherine Penney <katex at teleport.com>

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Period Correspondence

Date: Thu, 06 Feb 1997 12:51:14 -0800


The Paston Letters are in print but I don't know which

publisher...paperback...under $10.  My copy is in storage or I'd look it

up for you.  I bought it at Powell's Books (they have a web page, maybe

you could look there!)





From: jotl at owens.ridgecrest.ca.us (James of the Lake)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Period Correspondence

Date: 7 Feb 1997 07:08:51 GMT

Organization: Barony of Naevehjem


If it has not already been mentioned in this thread, there is also a book

edited by Catherine Moriarty, "The Voice of the Middle Ages in Personal

Letters 1100 - 1500", Peter Bedrick Books, New York, 1989, ISBN


                                Your servant,


jotl at ridgecrest.ca.us



Date: Wed, 31 Dec 1997 12:55:29 -0600

From: "Decker, Terry D." <TerryD at Health.State.OK.US>

Subject: SC - A Source Book


While browsing in the State Library yesterday, I came across an

interesting little tome:


Ogg, Frederic Austin, A Source Book of Mediaeval History; American Book

Company, New York, 1907.


The subtitle explains it more fully; Documents Illustrative of European

Life and Institutions from the German Invasions to the Renaissance.


This is a book of excerpts of period documents from Julius Ceasar to

Dante with commentary, notes and source bibliographies.  It includes

speeches, oaths, letters, the Koran, the Magna Carte, student songs,

cermonies of homage and fealty, etc.


Of particular interest to this list is Charlemange's directives as to

how the royal estates are to be run and the inventory of one of his

estates. I'll key these sections in and send them to the list as time



A casual perusal of this volume makes me want to carry it away.  I doubt

if it is still in print, but it is going on my want list.





Date: Sat, 22 Aug 1998 13:50:15 +0000

From: Karen at stierbach.atlantia.sca.org (Larsdatter, Karen )

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: Writing Letters


I don't know if this is helpful to anyone, but part of the 15th

century collection of letters and papers of the Paston family are

online ...





(just one big long URL)


Karen Larsdatter



Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2006 20:57:09 -0500

From: Johnna Holloway <johnna at sitka.engin.umich.edu>

Subject: [Sca-cooks] Palaeography how to

To: Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>


Something interesting from the UK






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