The Cely Letters 1472-1488 edited by Alison Hanham

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  • Title: The Cely Letters 1472-1488
  • Format: Book
  • Edited by: Alison Hanham
  • Published for: The Early English Text Society
  • Published by: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 1975
  • ISBN: 0 19 722275 7
  • Author died: 16 September 2018
  • Copyright Expires: year end 2088

Frontispiece Description

This is the first complete edition of the Cely Letters, a fact which helps explain why the correspondence has been rather neglected by students of the Fifteenth Century. The letters are of special interest to students of English for ther evidence of pronunciation, syntax and idiom among members of the merchant class, and they have unique importance for the social and economic historian because the Cely papers are the only sizeable collection of private medieval business papers known to survive in England. The introduction and notes relate the letters to other documents among the seven files of the Cely accounts and memoranda, so placing them in their context. New light is thrown on some of the operation of the wool trade.

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