Dr Evan Jones of the University of Bristol has been in touch with more information about William Weston’s voyage to the New World in 1499 which I posted about last week. Dr Jones has also mentioned that there’s a Birkbeck connection to the story since Dr Alwyn Ruddock who did a lot of research on the early voyages and played a part in the recent discovery (see the link below for all the details) was a lecturer and reader in early modern history at…Birkbeck!
Dr Jones has also provided a link to the Bristol University press release on the discovery of the Weston letter which includes links to of his two articles from Historical Research on the find and his recent work. Both of these articles are freely available for all for download courtesy of Wiley-Blackwell.
You can read the press release and download the articles here: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2009/6515.html.