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My Ladye Nevells Booke: old news retold

When the manuscript of My Ladye Nevells Booke, by William Byrd, was acquired for the British Library in 2006, at a total cost of almost £1 million, it caused scarcely a ripple in media circles, even in Britain. Six year on, it seemed worthwhile to revisit the story and explain the significance – and the high price tag – of this small but precious volume. [...]