'Alphabetical Positions'

Engendering Letters in Early Modern Europe

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In the 1603 edition of James I’s Basilikon Doron, the epistle from James to Prince Henry ends with a characteristic conflation of paternal and royal identities in James’ printed signature – ‘Your loving Father, I.R.’ – which moves the king from intimacy to authority as much through the shift in form from upper and lower case letters to all capitals as it does in the shift in language from the vernacular to Latin.1 The seventeenth-century printer Joseph Moxon explains the rationale behind capitalizing certain words in print and not others


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