Mapping Secrets

Secretaries are keepers of secrets. Across Renaissance Europe, secretaries listened, took dictation, copied, and sent letters daily. Their records offer a godsend to historians, but secretarial copies also reflect a change in the meaning of letters by adding an administrative mediation that de-personalizes them—a change not evident in the sent letter alone. Mapping Secrets introduces a new tool for mapping networks that integrates secretarial practices and administrative record-keeping in the act of letter writing.

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