Dear Visitor,

Welcome to English Lute Manuscripts and Scribes 1530-1630.

Before you get excited about reading a thesis about lute music, this is not about the music. The work was undertaken as an examination of the context and composition of the English lute sources, and I hope that you will find it useful in providing information that you may not have considered before.

The thesis was written in 1992 and finally read and passed by my examiners in 1994, which means that it will almost certainly have some bits that you consider out-of-date. I have appended a paper written a couple of years after the completion ot the thesis, which discusses the symbolism of the lute, and adds yet another footnote to the long-running discussion regarding the decline of this wonderful instrument.

Inevitably, because of the volume of material that I dealt with, some of you will find errors when you go to check up on the source, composer or subject that you have spent the last few years working on -- some of them I know about, but some may have escaped my notice. I'm not a lutenist, so I didn't play the music, and you may find mistakes because of that too. However, having said all that, I did try to make it as accurate as possible, and had friends read the work to help out with my deficiencies, and your corrections will be gratefully received.

As this is basically a reference work, my hope is that it will become more accurate and detailed as it is used by people like you, with specialist interests and expertise in the subject with which it deals. If you have any corrections, please mail them either to me or to Wayne (preferably without complaints), and we'll try and incorporate them into the thesis where necessary. If you do send corrections, please could be very careful to make sure that YOUR information is accurate, as neither of us has the time to check everything that people are likely to send us. Meanwhile, I hope you find this site useful: by all means pass the address on to friends.

Julia Craig-McFeely

Oxford 1997