Devonshire Manuscript: A Women’s Book of Courtly Poetry

Lady Margaret Douglas

Devonshire Manuscript: A Women’s Book of Courtly Poetry

Lady Margaret Douglas

Distributed for Iter Press

Edited by Elizabeth Heale
277 pages
Paper $31.95 ISBN: 9780772721280 Published September 2012
This is an essential volume, and there’s no scholar better equipped to edit it than Elizabeth Heale, whose expertise on early women’s writing in manuscript is unsurpassed. The Devonshire Manuscript is a vital source of Tudor literary history, illustrating the circulation of lyrics by Tudor poets such as Sir Thomas Wyatt, and offering evidence of collaborative forms of production and circulation that challenge prior assumptions about early forms of authorship, readership, and literary culture more broadly. Yet despite its importance, the Devonshire Manuscript has been all but inaccessible until now. With its extensive notes, thoughtful introduction, and carefully edited text, Heale’s edition will be a valuable reference work for scholars as well as an important textbook for students encountering the Devonshire Manuscript for the first time.
—Jennifer Summit
Professor of English, Stanford University
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