Lose yourself in the Perdita Manuscripts, 1500-1700

Parchment scrollWe currently have trial access to the Perdita Manuscripts, 1500-1700, until 12 June.

“Perdita” means “lost” in Latin and the Perdita Manuscripts consist of the writings of women from the British Isles during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Their writings were “lost” because they exist only in manuscript form. The full-text facsimile reproductions of these manuscripts bring together little known material from archives across the UK. Some of the women featured include, Sarah Cowper, Mary Evelyn and Katherine Philips. The content of the manuscripts is extremely varied and includes letters, biography, drama, notebooks, sermon notes, travel writing and much more.

Access to the resource is available on- and off-campus – but please note that the download option is not available to us during the course of the trial.

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If you have any feedback about this resource, good or bad, please let Charlie Carpenter, History Liaison librarian, know – c.a.carpenter@reading.ac.uk

Lucy Ardill, E-resources Team