Spotted this link today on Twitter, courtesy of Folger Research. “When you ask a powerful woman to be your child’s godmother & the queen intervenes: a 1607 letter”.
What’s most fascinating to me is the very real example of spelling. Sure, we have plenty of examples from Shakespeare’s work, but it would be easy to put him on a separate shelf and say, sure, that’s how *he* wrote. For the stage. That’s not how normal people wrote.
Want to bet?
I only wish that I could read more of it. There are several spots where odd abbreviations are used (something that looks like La with a ps, an m with a tie above it, etc…) and plenty of places where I just can’t read the writing — there’s a word that looks like it could be “sefte” but given the giant descenders they used for S I thought maybe it was a”juste” when I first saw it, so who knows.
Anyway, neat stuff indeed. I wonder if there’s anybody reading who does indeed study this stuff and can tell us what it says? I get the general idea, mostly from the title — the person writing the letter had asked the recipient to be the godmother to his child, but the queen stepped in. Whether she stepped in because she doesn’t like her countesses to do such things, I didn’t quite get. It does seem to end along the lines of “If something happens to make the queen change her mind, we’ll let you know.”
Anybody got a better reading than that?