A web-based edition of early seventeenth-century political poetry from manuscript sources. It brings into the public domain over 350 poems, many of which have never before been published.


The electronic preparation of this edition of early Stuart libels was principally funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Additional funding was supplied by Rutgers University and the University of Exeter. The editors’ research on libels spans a much longer period, and has been funded from a number of sources, including the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Australian Research Council, the British Academy, Mrs. Giles M. Whiting Foundation, Princeton University, Rutgers University and the University of Sydney. The editors are grateful to all these institutions for their support with a project that has been necessarily costly and time-consuming.

The work of all those involved in the edition has been aided greatly by various colleagues who have advised on manuscript sources and information for annotations. In particular, we wish to thank: Peter Beal, Jack Cargill, Thomas Cogswell, David Colclough, Joshua Eckhardt, Karen Edwards, Cynthia Herrup, Caroline Hibbard, James Knowles, Peter Lake, Harold Love, Nick McDowell, James Masschaele, Graham Parry, Kevin Sharpe, Adam Smyth, Andrew Thrush, and Alex Walsham. Moreover, we have benefited from the work of scholars who have identified or edited libels in the past. In particular, the unpublished archive of Julian Mitchell has been extremely helpful.

For assistance and advice with electronic publication, we are grateful to: Jan Broadway, of the Centre for Lives and Letters; Martin Butler, Karen Britland and Orietta Da Rold, of the Jonson Project; Martin Thomas, of Leeds University Electronic Text Centre; and the Oxford Text Archive. Thanks are also due to the English department at Leeds University for hosting a development version of the project on their web server and to the ISS team at Leeds for technical support. Finally, we are grateful for the support of Lisa Hopkins and Matthew Steggle, successive editors at Early Modern Literary Studies, and for the editorial assistance of Tamsin Kilner.