Diplomatic Correspondence of Thomas Bodley – Online

The letters of Thomas Bodley, founder of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, which relate to his diplomatic service in the years prior to his bibliographical activities offer a rich resource for Early Modern Studies. This Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL) project, in partnership with the Bodleian Library, Oxford, will produce an online edition of all the letters between Bodley and his correspondents between the years 1585-97, which relate to his time spent as Elizabeth I’s representative on the Council of State in the United Provinces (1588-97).

CELL has started to release the Diplomatic Correspondence of Thomas Bodley, 1585-97. Version 1, which comprises letters in English written between Bodley and his correspondents in the years 1585-88, is now available. Letters from later years will be released in chronological sections over the next few months.

You can find about more about the project and start searching here:

Cell says: ‘An exciting and innovative component of this project is the pioneering transcription method. The letters have been encoded in such a way as to permit readers to custom-build their own transcripts, according to their research preferences. For instance, a general reader may wish to view the letters in their complete, non-abbreviated form, while a scholar interested in orthographic and material features of the period will want to see these reproduced in the transcripts. ‘

The project homepage is here: