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 In 2017 a multi-institutional initiative was convened by the Shakespeare Southampton Legacy Trust to centralise and share, for the benefit of the nation, an online catalogue of books, manuscripts, records of historic interest, pictures, photographs, and objects of antiquity, with particular reference to the life and times of the Wriothesley, Earls of Southampton and Shakespeare. SSLT continues to forge relationships with leading archives with Wriothesley holdings; harnessing the power of the internet to create a centralised catalogue of digital resources, complete with citations guiding researchers to the original manuscript collections which, until now, have only been the province of a few and only possible to view in specialist libraries and archives with restricted access.  

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Akkerman, Nadine, The Correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia, Vol.1 (Letters of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1615).

Akkerman, Nadine, Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Hearts (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021).

Akrigg, G.P.V., Shakespeare and the Earl of Southampton (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1968). 

Baker, Thomas, History of the College of St. John the Evangelist, Cambridge, 2 Vols. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1869)

Brigden, Susan, New Worlds, Lost Worlds: The Rule of the Tudors, 1485-1603 (London: Viking Press, 2001).

Brown, Alexander, The Genesis of the United States2 Vols. (Cambridge, MA: The Riverside Pres, 1890). The Genesis of the United States - Google Books

Brydges, Samuel, Memoirs of the Peers of England during the Reign of James I, Vol.I (London: printed for John White, 1802).  Memoirs of the Peers of England, During the Reign of James the First - Google Books

Collins, Arthur, ed., Letters and Memorials of State in the reigns of Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, King James, King Charles the First, [etc] written and collected by Sir Henry Sydney et al (London: printed for T. Osborne, 1746).  Catalog Record: Letters and memorials of state, in the reigns... | HathiTrust Digital Library

Doelman, James, The Daring Muse of the Early Stuart Funeral Elegy (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2021).

Drake, Nathan, Shakespeare and His Times, Vol.2 (London: T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1817).  Shakespeare and His Times - Google Books

Dunleavy, Bryan, Four Earls and a Playwright (n.p.: Magic Flute Publishing, 2022).

Hammer, Paul E.J., The Polarisation of Elizabethan Politics: The Political Career of Robert Devereux, 2ndEarl of Essex, 1585-1597 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999).

Jones, William, The Teares of the Isle of Wight, shed on the Tombe of their most Noble, valorous and louing Captaine and Gouernour, the right Honourable Henrie Earle of Southampton who dyed [etc] from Treatise of Patience in Tribulation: first preached before the Right Honourable Countess of Southampton(London: William Jones, 1624/5)(STC 14747).

Gardiner, Samuel Rawson, History of England from the accession of James I to the outbreak of Civil War 1603-1642Vol.3 (London: Longmans Green & Co.,1890).  #11 - History of England from the accession of James I. ... v.3. - Full View | HathiTrust Digital Library

G.E.C. [G.E. Cokayne], The Complete Peerage: or a history of the House of Lords and all its members from the earliest times, Vol.12, Pt.1 (Skelmersdale to Towton) ed. Geoffrey White (London: The St. Catherine Press, 1953).   The Complete peerage : or a history of the House of Lords and all its members from the earliest times; v. 12 (

Gibbons, Geoffrey, The Political Career of Sir Thomas Wriothesley, First Earl of Southampton 1505-1550, Henry VIII’s Last Chancellor (Studies in British History, Vol.64) (Lewiston, NY and Queenston, ON: The Edwin Mellon Press, 2001).  The Political Career of Thomas Wriothesley, First Earl of Southampton 1505-... - Google Books

Green, Martin, Wriothesley’s Roses (Baltimore, Maryland: Clevedon Books, 1993).

Halliwell, J.O., The Autobiography of Sir Simonds D’Ewes, Bart., during the reign of James I and Charles I, 2 Vols. (London: Richard Bentley, 1845).  The Autobiography and Correspondence of Sir Simonds D'Ewes, Bart - Google Books

Hurstfield, Joel, The Queen’s Wards, Wardship and Marriage under Elizabeth I, 2nd edition (London: Frank Cass, 1973). 

Jones, Jude Frances, ‘Dances of Life and Death: Interpretations of Early Modern Religious Identity from Rural Parish Churches and Their Landscapes along the Hampshire/Sussex Border 1500-1800’, (PhD thesis, University of Southampton, 2013).

Kennett, White, A complete history of England: with the lives of all the kings and queens thereof; from the earliest account of time, to the death of His late Majesty King William III. Containing a faithful relation of all affairs of state, ecclesiastical and civil, Vol.2 (London: printed for Brab. Aylmer, 1706).  A Complete History of England, Vol. 2: With the Lives of All the Kings and Queens Thereof; From the Earliest Account of Time, to the Death of His Late Majesty King William III.; Containing a Faithful Relation of All Affairs of State, Ecclesiastical and CI by White Kennett | Goodreads

Kaabar, Lars, Hamlet’s Age and the Earl of Southampton (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017).

Lee, Maurice, ed., Dudley Carleton to John Chamberlain 1603-1624, Jacobean Letters (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers Press, 1972).

Loseley Manuscripts at the Surrey History Centre.  Catalogues of Loseley Manuscripts held at Surrey History Centre - Surrey County Council (

Markham, Gervase, Honour in His Perfection: Or A Treatise in Commendation of the Vertues and Renowned Vertuous Undertakings of the Illustrious and Heroycall Princes Henry Earl of Oxenford. Henry Earle of Southampton, Robert Earle of Essex, and the ever praise-worthy and much honoured Lord Robert Bartue, Lord Willoughby of Eresby (London: printed by B, Alsop for Benjamin Fisher, 1624).  Honour in his perfection or, A treatise in commendations of the vertues and renowned vertuous vndertakings of the illustrious and heroycall princes Henry Earle of Oxenford. Henry Earle of Southampton, Robert Earle of Essex, and the euer praise-worthy and much honoured Lord, Robert Bartue, Lord Willoughby, of Eresby: with a briefe cronology of theirs, and their auncestours actions. And to the eternall memory of all that follow them now, or will imitate them hereafter, especially those three noble instances, the Lord Wriouthesley, the Lord Delaware, and the Lord Montioy. (

Massey Gerald, The Secret Drama of Shakespeare’s Sonnets (London: R. Clay & Sons, 1872).  #3 - The secret drama of Shakespeare's sonnets unfolded, - Full View | HathiTrust Digital Library

McClure, Norman E., ed., The Letters of John Chamberlain, 2 Vols. (Philadelphia, Penn: The American Philosophical Society, 1939).

Nashe, Thomas, The Unfortunate Traveller: Or the Life of Jacke Wilton

(Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1920).  The unfortunate traveller : or, The life of Jacke Wilton : Nash, Thomas, 1567-1601 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

Roe, Thomas, The Negotiations of Sir Thomas Roe, in his Embassy to the Ottoman Porte, from the Year 1621 to 1628 Inclusive: containing...his Correspondences…And many useful and instructive particulars…now first published from the originals [etc.] 2 Vols. (London: printed by Samuel Richardson, 1740).

Rollett, John M., Chapter 20, ‘Henry Wriothesley, Third Earl of Southampton’, excerpt from William Stanley was Shakespeare (Jefferson, NC: MacFarland & Co., 2015)

Rowse, A.L., Shakespeare’s Southampton, Patron of Virginia (London: Macmillan, 1965).

Rowse, A.L., ‘Thomas Wriothesley, First Earl of Southampton’, Huntington Library Quarterly, 28 (1964-5), pp.105-29.

Sandford, John, ‘Apollinis et musarum eutika eidyllia’ (1592) in C. Plummer, ed., Elizabethan Oxford: reprints of rare tracts, OHS 8, (1887).  Elizabethan Oxford : reprints of rare tracts / edited by Charles Plummer. | Wellcome Collection

Shakespeare, William, The sonnets and ‘A lover’s complaint’, ed. John Kerrigan (London: Penguin Books Ltd. 1999. 

Shore, T.W., A History of Hampshire, including the Isle of Wight (London: Elliot Stock, 1892).  A History of Hampshire - Google Books

Smith, Daniel Starza, John Donne and the Conway Papers: Patronage and Manuscript Circulation in the Early Seventeenth Century (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).  John Donne and the Conway Papers: Patronage and Manuscript Circulation in the Early Seventeenth Century | Oxford Academic (

Snow, Vernon F., Essex The Rebel: The Life of Robert Devereux, the Third Earl of Essex 1591-1646 (Lincoln, NEB: University of Nebraska Press, 1970).

Stopes, Charlotte Carmichael, The Life of Henry, Third Earl of Southampton, Shakespeare’s Patron (New York, London, Toronto, & Tokyo: Cambridge University Press, 1922).  The life of Henry, third earl of Southampton. Shakespeare's patron : Stopes, C. C. (Charlotte Carmichael), 1841-1929 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

Strype, John, Ecclesiastical Memorials relating chiefly to religion and the reformation of it, and the emergencies of the Church of England under King Henry VIII, King Edward VI., and Queen Mary I., with Large Appendixes, Containing Original Papers, Records, [etc.] (London: Printed for S. Richardson for John Wyat, 1721)  Ecclesiastical Memorials - Google Books

Tuberville, A.S., A History of Welbeck Abbey and its Owners2 Vols., (London: Faber, 1938-39).

Ungerer, Gustav, ‘The Earl of Southampton’s Donation to the Bodleian in 1605 and its Spanish Books’, BLR, 16, (1997), pp.17-41.  Bod-Inc online (

Warner, Richard, The History of the Isle of Wight; Military, Ecclesiastical, Civil & Natural (Southampton: printed for T. Cadell, 1795).  The History of the Isle of Wight - Google Books

Wilson, Arthur, Observations of God’s Providence in the Tract of My Life (1624), Cambridge University MSS, Add.33.

Wilson, Arthur, A History of Great Britain, Being the Life and Reign of King James I Relating to what passed from his first access to the Crown, till his Death (London: printed for Richard Lownds, 1653).   The History of Great Britain - Google Books


Akrigg, G.P.V., ‘Something More About Shakespeare’s Patron’, Shakespeare Quarterly, Winter 1997, Vol.28, No.1, pp.65-72.

Carroll, D. Allen, ‘Reading Names in an Elizabethan Allusion: Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton, and Thomas Nashe’, A Journal of Onomastics, Vo. 46, 1998, Issue 1.

Chaney, Edward, ‘ “Thy Pyramyds buylt up with newer might”: Shakespeare and the Cultural Memory of Ancient Egypt’, Aegyptiaca: Journal of the History of Reception of Ancient Egypt, No.5 (2020), pp.263-344. DOI:

Crowley, Lara M.,‘Was Southampton a Poet? A Verse Letter to Queen Elizabeth’, ELR 41 (2011), pp.111-45.

Heinemann, M., ‘Rebel Lords, Popular Playwrights and Political Culture: Notes on the Jacobean Patronage of the Earl of Southampton’, Yearbook of English Studies 21 (1991), pp.63-86.

Goulding, R.W., ‘Wriothesley Portraits’, ed. J. Finberg, The Eighth Volume of the Walpole Society (Oxford: printed for the Walpole Society,1919-20) pp.17-94.

Hammer, Paul E.J., ‘Shakespeare’s Richard II, the Play of 7 February 1601, and the Essex Rising’, Shakespeare Quarterly, Vol.59, No.1 (Spring, 2008), pp.1-35.

Rouse, Charles A., ‘Was Heywood a Servant of the Earl of Southampton?’, PMLA, Sept. 1930, Vol.45, No.3 (Sept.1930), pp.787-790.

Snow, Vernon F., ‘New Light on the Last Days of Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton’, Huntington Library Quarterly, Nov.1973, Vol. 37, No.1 (Nov.1973) pp.59-69.

Slavin, Arthur J., ‘The Fall of Lord Chancellor Wriothesley: A Study in the Politics of Conspiracy’, Albion: A Quarterly Journal Concerned with British Studies, Vol.7, No.4 (Winter, 1975), pp.265-286.

Ungerer, Gustav, ‘The Earl of Southampton’s Donation to the Bodleian in 1605 and Its Spanish Books’, The Bodleian Library Record, Vol.16, No.1 (April 1997) pp.17-41.


Acts of the Privy Council


Brotherton Collection MS, Leeds University


British Library MSS


The British Museum


Bodleian Library


Berry’s Hampshire Pedigrees


Bournemouth University


Church Buildings Council


Calendar of Hatfield MSS (Marquis of Salisbury)


Courtauld Institute of Art


College of Arms


Cecil Papers


Camden Society


Calendar of State Papers Domestic

CSP Spain

Calendar of State Papers Spain

CSP Venice

Calendar of State Papers Venetian 


Cambridge University Library MSS


Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC


Gairdner’s Cal. Letters & Papers of Hen VIII


Gloucestershire Record Office


Heinz Archive & Library (NPG)


Harvard University Library 


Historic England


HFC – Hampshire Field Club Papers & Proceedings


HHL – Henry Huntington Library, CA


HOP – Houses of Parliament Trust


HRO – Hampshire Record Office


Kings College Cambridge


Lords Journals


Loseley Manuscripts


Lambeth Palace Library


Leeds University Special Collections 


National Library of Wales


Nottinghamshire Record Office


National Portrait Gallery


Northants Record Office


Nottingham University Special Collections


Petworth House Archives (See WSRO)


Portsmouth Museum




Parker Society


Royal Amouries Leeds


The Royal Collection


Society of Antiquaries London


Surrey History Centre


Southampton University


Titchfield History Society


The National Archives


Royal Amouries Library, Tower of London


University of Cambridge Archives


Victoria & Albert Museum Archives


Winchester Cathedral Library


Welbeck Estate Office


Warner’s History of Hampshire


Woburn Abbey MSS, Woburn Estate Office


Warwickshire Record Office


Walpole Society


West Sussex Record Office