Yeah, that's modern English. It's just pre-regularized spelling, and written in secretary hand so it looks different.
The first line is "Mary the quene," obviously, then it reads "Trusty and welbeloved we grete yo[ur] well and..." And the rest is cut off.
You've got to get this stuff right or else people will fixate on your mistake and not notice how great the rest of your article is!
I live a few miles down the road from The Bookmill! I have driven through Ashfield but have never stopped. Maybe I'll go up there this weekend. It's so gorgeous here right now it's ridiculous.
P.S. I once described The Magicians as a combination of The Secret History and Harry Potter, so fellow TSH fans may like that book too.
Oh my God, Secret History. I wish I could go back in time and read it again for the first time.
I read it in the fall of the first year of my PhD program in English, which is in New England. I moved here from California, just like Richard. (Incidentally, he only thing that bothered me about this book were Tartt's descriptions of California. I got the sense she had never actually been there.) I read it in two days. One of my cohort also loves this book, and was a Classics major. I'll have to ask him if it made him into one.
@antarcticastartshere To be fair, that's only 1/2 a stick.
@Matt I can't think about it because I'm already on the way to the store for tater tots and chili makings.
This reminds me of the best Metafilter comment ever. "First, be smart from the very beginning:" http://ask.metafilter.com/7921/If-you-killed-somebody-how-would-you-dispose-of-the-body-without-getting-caught#155715
There are some great pictures of Evelyn Nesbit, including one of her aged 29, at my favorite website, Shorpy.com: http://www.shorpy.com/search/node/evelyn+nesbit