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date: 17 October 2019

(p. vii) Acknowledgements

(p. vii) Acknowledgements

This book would not have happened without the Arts Humanities Research Council, who funded the project—‘The origins of early modern literature: recovering mid-Tudor writing for a modern readership’—out of which this volume grew. We are also indebted to Andrew McNeillie at Oxford University Press, who came to the initial colloquium, held at the University of Aberdeen in July 2005, and was convinced by the case for mid-Tudor writing laid out during those two days. This volume offers a controversial version of what matters in the literature of the long sixteenth century: we are tremendously grateful for Andrew's belief in the project, and for giving us such free rein.

Many thanks are also due to our contributors: we could not have wished for a more friendly and hard-working group. They have done exactly as we asked, and have produced essays which are provocative and informed. Astoundingly, given the numbers involved, and that many were also having babies, these were delivered on time. We are especially grateful to Dermot Cavanagh, Jennifer Richards, Jessica Winston, and Phil Withington for their helpful comments on the Prologue (and the immense tact with which they made them, at the eleventh hour).

We would also like to thank Jacqueline Baker, Lindsey Hall, our splendid copy-editor Laurien Berkeley, and the production team at OUP, as well as the libraries, museums, and archives who helped us and our contributors. In particular, thanks are due to the Bodleian Library; the British Library; Cambridge University Library; Hatfield House; the Huntington Library; Kuntsmuseum, Basel; the Pepys Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge; Newcastle University; the University of Sheffield; the Warburg Institute; and the Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge. We are also very grateful to Louise Wilson (and her Swiss bank account), and to Rita and Peter Redford, who suggested the cover image.

Last, but not least, thanks are also due to Ewa Dąbrowska and Phil Withington. They have listened to us drone on and on and on.

M.P., C.S. (p. viii)