The author would like to thank James Daybell, Mark Brayshay, John Draisey and this journal's anonymous readers for their comments on this article. Research was carried out with the help of funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Devon County Council and Plymouth University, for which the author is sincerely grateful.
Provincial news networks in late Elizabethan Devon†
Article first published online: 6 MAY 2014
© 2014 Institute of Historical Research
Volume 87, Issue 237, pages 404–422, August 2014
How to Cite
Cooper, I. (2014), Provincial news networks in late Elizabethan Devon. Historical Research, 87: 404–422. doi: 10.1111/1468-2281.12060
- Issue published online: 15 JUL 2014
- Article first published online: 6 MAY 2014
- Arts and Humanities Research Council
- Devon County Council
- Plymouth University
This article investigates the circulation of news that daily arrived in the ports of late Elizabethan Devon concerning the Spanish fleet. It utilizes the state and Cecil papers, as well as other centrally and locally held manuscript collections, to probe the nature of provincial news networks through the prism of a county-based case study. Previous scholarly research has tended to focus on the single ‘hub’ of London. However, as this article reveals, there existed much more complex sets of news networks that operated in the first instance at a local level, but which also had connections with the capital.