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.



Alastair Bellany is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University. He is the author of The Politics of Court Scandal in Early Modern England: News Culture and the Overbury Affair, 1603-1660 (2002), and of numerous articles on early Stuart political culture. With Thomas Cogswell, he is currently working on England’s Assassin: John Felton and the Murder of the Duke of Buckingham, for publication by Yale University Press.

Andrew McRae is Professor of Renaissance Studies in the School of English, University of Exeter. His publications include God Speed the Plough: The Representation of Agrarian England, 1500-1660 (1996), and Literature, Satire and the Early Stuart State (2004). He is currently developing a new project on literature and domestic travel in early modern England.

Assistant editors

Paul E.J. Hammer is Lecturer in History at the University of St. Andrews. His publications include The Polarisation of Elizabethan Politics: The Political Career of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, 1585-1597 (1999), and Elizabeth’s Wars: Society, Government and Military Reformation in Tudor England, 1544-1604 (2003). He is currently working on a book provisionally titled The Late Elizabethan Crisis: War, Faction and the Politics of Royal Decline, 1598-1603. Dr. Hammer was responsible for the annotation of Section A.

Michelle O’Callaghan is Reader in English at Oxford Brookes University. She is the author of The “shepheards nation”: Jacobean Spenserians and Early Stuart Political Culture, 1612-1625 (2000), and is working on a study provisionally entitled Literature, Sociability and Urbanity in Early Modern England. Dr. O’Callaghan was responsible for the annotation of Section C.

Electronic publishing project manager

Chris Boswell’s PhD dissertation, “The Culture and Rhetoric of the Answer-Poem, 1485-1625” was completed at Leeds University in December 2003. Dr. Boswell sits as a director for the international trading company, Gigabiz, and is the senior partner in FourSquare Innovations, a computing consultancy specializing in bespoke software solutions.