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Literacy amongst the masses 16-18th centuries Britain

For anyone else dabbling in historical fiction around this time, I give you this wonderful essay. It details speculated literacy rates amongst the masses over a span of 200 years. I think my favouite part is the breakdown between being literate, and knowing how to write one's name. It also gives a bit of a breakdown of who would be more likely to be able to read, and the differences between reading print (the Bible), and being able to read handwriting, as well as a whole slew of other little tidbits on reading and writing.

http://www.donaldstark.co.uk/essays/1500-1700/literacy.pdf
Tags: #resources, 1500-1599, 1600-1699, 1700s (no decades given), ~literature
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