med-letters-msg - 8/5/08
Sources for period correspondence.
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From: kellogg at rohan.sdsu.edu (C. Kevin Kellogg)
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
: 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>.
From: ALBAN at delphi.COM
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
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>
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)
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
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
(just one big long URL)
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