When governments communicate, the medium can be as valuable as the message - and this post shows how official letters demonstrate this - dating from as early as 1258.
Dr Sean Cunningham
Dr Sean Cunningham has worked at The National Archives since the 1990s where he is currently the Head of the Medieval Records team. Sean has extensive experience of research into late medieval and early Tudor England, and has published widely on the reigns of Richard III and Henry VII, politics and society of northern England, and the records of government. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and co-convenor of the Late Medieval Seminar at London University’s Institute of Historical Research. Sean has recently started as a co-investigator on a Leverhulme-funded research project on Early Tudor Kingship with staff at the universities of Winchester and Sheffield. Twitter: @SeanC1509
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