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BIO

I have a particular interest in Tudor History, and many years ago I discovered Muriel’s six-volume opus of The Lisle Letters.  From the first page I was well and truly hooked, and I continue to read them today with just the same fascination as the first time.  In 2011, I decided that I would like to learn much more about Muriel so that I could produce a website dedicated to her life and work, and I started to write to those that I thought could help, and since then I have received nothing but generous support.  Unfortunately, this project was delayed for some years until, in 2019, I found that I could give it my full attention.  It is still a work in progress, and I would be delighted to receive your feedback.

Paul Wood

THANKS

Muriel left a considerable amount of her papers to Somerville College, and, in 2011, I went to see Dr. Anne Manuel, the Somerville College Librarian and Archivist, who very kindly allowed me to spend a day reviewing this material - which at that stage had not been catalogued.  It is now, and a summary of it is available from the College website: https://www.some.ox.ac.uk.  I am now working closely with Somerville College with the longer term aim of producing a book, based on this website, the proceeds from which will be given to Somerville College to use in the form of a bursary.  I wish to record my particular thanks for the help I am receiving from both Dr. Anne Manuel and her assistant Kate O’Donnell.

Muriel worked for a while at Bedford College - which is now part of the Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL) - and I have received generous help from Professor Judith Hawley with finding Muriel related material in the RHUL Archives.

 

Mo Moulton, a Senior Lecturer in the history department of the University of Birmingham, published a book called ‘Mutual Admiration Society’ in November 2019.  This book is a beautifully written and researched account of the lives of the more noteworthy members of that Society - including Muriel - and I would recommend it whole heartedly.  I have certainly found it most informative.

The Marion E Wade Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, has a world renowned collection of material on Dorothy L Sayers, as well as materials relating to her relationship with Muriel St Clare Byrne.  Collections with Byrne materials include:

  • Dorothy L Sayers Papers (correspondence between Dorothy and Muriel)

  • Dorothy L Sayers Manuscripts (Busman's Honeymoon drafts with Muriel's annotations and other related items)

  • Muriel St Clare Byrne Collection

  • Busman's Honeymoon Collection

The Marion E Wade Center is free and open to the public.  Visitor and Researcher information is available on the Wade's website: https://www.wheaton.edu/academics/academic-centers/wadecenter/

My very grateful thanks go to Laura Schmidt, the Archivist at the Wade Center, for very kindly helping me with the material on Muriel that is held there.

CONTACT

Please contact me either by email:
paul@murielstclarebyrne.com
or
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