‘The Rabble that Cannot Read’? Ordinary People’s Literacy in Seventeenth-Century England

Originally posted on the many-headed monster:
Mark Hailwood Those of us historians intent on exploring the world of ordinary women and men in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries conduct a lot of our research by looking at surviving examples of what such people read–for instance, cheap printed broadside ballads–or of what they wrote–take, say, Joseph…

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