Published by Primary Source Microfilm
This archive presents a detailed record of both the public and private lives of one of the wealthiest and most influential families in Tudor England, essentially representing the entire Tudor Age in microcosm.
The Talbot Papers offer fascinating insight into the role of an influential family in Tudor government. Preserved from the Cromwellian destruction of Sheffield castle, the papers relate to the Talbot family, Earls of Shrewsbury, confidants to the Throne, and one of the most powerful families in England before the Civil War.
Official papers, vital historical documents and an extensive, wide-ranging correspondence make up the archive, featuring many prominent figures. There are letters from Edward Seymour, Lord Burghley, Robert Dudley, Queen Mary Tudor, Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, Henri IV of France and many others. There is a series of Privy Council letters emanating from Thomas Cranmer and a considerable volume of material relating to Mary Queen of Scots who was under the trusted guardianship of George Talbot, Sixth Earl of Shrewsbury, from 1569 to 1584.