Publications and public relations

Since 2006, Dr Evan Jones and his associates have been engaged in a widely-reported search to determine what Dr Ruddock found and where she found it. The published results of their work can be found below – much of which is available for free – as well as well as information on papers presented by project members.

Publications: books

Evan T. Jones and Richard Stone (eds.), The World of the Newport Medieval Ship: Trade, Politics and Shipping in the Mid-Fifteenth Century (University of Wales Press, June, 2018). This is an edited volume based on a 2014 conference that was part-funded by the Cabot Project, since it helped set the Bristol / Severn Sea context for the fifteenth-century voyages of discovery.

Evan T. Jones and Margaret M. Condon, Cabot and Bristol's Age of Discovery: The Bristol Discovery Voyages 1480-1508 (University of Bristol, 23 Nov 2016), ISBN 0995619301, 104 pp., £11.99. For more information: see the book's webpage.

Heather Dalton, Merchants and Explorers: Roger Barlow, Sebastian Cabot, and Networks of Atlantic Exchange 1500-1560 (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Publications: articles and chapters

Margaret M. Condon and Evan T. Jones, 'William Weston: early voyager to the New World', Historical Research (forthcoming, August, 2018)

Evan T Jones, 'The shipping industry of the Severn Sea' in Evan T. Jones and Richard Stone (eds.), The World of the Newport Medieval Ship: Trade, Politics and Shipping in the Mid-Fifteenth Century (University of Wales Press, June, 2018)

Evan T. Jones, 'Tonnage estimates of goods recorded in the Bristol ‘particular’ customs accounts: 1465/6, 1485/6, 1503/4' (University of Bristol, working paper, Oct. 2017). This is a working paper provding the underpinnings for some of the analyisis in Jones, 'The shipping industry of the Severn Sea'.

Evan T. Jones, '1492: revisited' in Ronald Hutton (ed.), Medieval or Early Modern: The Value of a Traditional Historical Division  (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015), pp.42-53 

Francesco Guidi Bruscoli, 'Capitali Fiorentini nei primi viaggi verso il Nord America: Giovanni Caboto e Giovanni da Verrazzano' in G. Pinto, L. Rombai and C. Tripodi (eds.), Vespucci, Firenze e le Americhe (Florence, 2014).

Evan T. Jones, 'Bristol, Cabot and the New Found Land, 1496-1500' in P.E. Pope and S. Lewis-Simpson (eds.), Exploring Atlantic Transitions: Archaeologies of Permanence and Transience in New Found Lands (Boydell and Brewer, 2013).

Francesco Guidi Bruscoli, 'John Cabot and his Italian Financiers', Historical Research, 85 (August, 2012). Published online in April 2012.

Evan T. Jones, 'Henry VII and the Bristol expeditions to North America: the Condon documents', Historical Research, 83 (August, 2010). Copies of this article, which was published online in August 2009, are available for free from the journal.

Evan T. Jones and M. M. Condon, ‘Weston, William (d. in or before 1505)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, May 2010.

Evan T. Jones, 'Alwyn Ruddock: "John Cabot and the Discovery of America "', Historical Research, 81 (May, 2008), 224-254. Copies of this article, which was published online in April 2007, are available for free from the journal.

An earlier article in this field is also relevant, although some elements of it have been superceded by  more recent research:

'The Matthew of Bristol and the financiers of John Cabot's 1497 voyage to North America', English Historical Review, 121 (2006). An Abstract, HTML version and PDF copy are all freely available from the journal. 

Publications: document transcriptions

The Project has published a number of annotated document transcriptions through the University of Bristol's electronic repository (formerly ROSE, now PURE), some of which include photographs of the original documents and / or lengthy introductions. These are permanently-available sources for use by students and researchers.

Aldobrandino Tanagli and Francesco Cattani: Chancery petition, c. 1490 (Aug 2013)

William Weston v Thomas Smith: Chancery Petition, 1490 (Dec 2012)

John Johns (Jonys) of Bristol, merchant vs. John Day alias Hugh Say: Chancery petition, c. 1502 (Dec 2012)

Thomas Nash of Bristol, bowyer, vs. John Day alias Hugh Say: Chancery petition, c. 1502 (June 2012)

Will of George Smith, merchant of Bristol, 1490 (Dec 2011)

Warrant for the payment of John Cabot’s pension, 22 February 1498 (Oct 2011)

The grant of a pension of £20 per year to John Cabot, 13 December 1497 (Oct 2011)

Will of Hugh Say, mercer of London, 10 December 1517 (June 2011)

Henry VII’s letter to John Morton concerning William Weston’s voyage to the new found land (April 2011)

John Esterfeld vs. William Weston of Bristol: Chancery petition transcript, c.1499 (Jan 2009)

Will of John Foster, merchant of Bristol, 6 August 1492 (Jan 2009)

The Quinn papers: transcripts of correspondence relating to the Bristol discovery voyages to North America in the fifteenth century (Jan 2009)

Christopher de Carbonariis vs. Sheriffs of London: Chancery petition transcript, 1490 (Dec 2006)

Fr. Giovanni Antonio de Carbonariis vs. Sheriffs of London: Chancery petition transcript, c.1496 (Nov 2006)

Publications: web articles

Dr Jones has posted a number of short web-articles, one MA dissertation and some out-of-print publications that relate to the Bristol voyages of this period. While these are intended to be of use to students / researchers, the permanence of these items is not guaranteed and the articles themselves may be revised over time.

Salazar's account of Bristol's discovery of the Island of Brasil (pre 1476)

Robert Ricart's Chronicle of Bristol, 1480-1508

John Cabot in Seville, 1494

'Cabot Roll': 1496-99

The Fust MS. / Maurice Toby's Chronicle of Bristol, 1565

Annabel Peacock, 'The Men of Bristol and the Atlantic Discovery Voyages of the Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Centuries (MA Dissertation, Bristol, 2007)

Academic conferences / seminar papers

Francesco Guidi Bruscoli (University of Florence), 'Italian merchant-bankers in England in the late middle ages: a history of (many) successes and (spectacular) failures', The British Institute of Florence, 21 September 2016

E. T. Jones (University of Bristol), 'The Matthew of Bristol: Life and Afterlife': UWE Regional History Centre Talks, MShed, Bristol, 17 March 2016

E. T. Jones (University of Bristol), 'Rediscovering Cabot: the Bristol Voyages of Discovery, c.1470-1508', The Emergence of a Maritime Nation: Britain in the Tudor and Stuart Age, 1485-1714, National Maritime Museum, 24-25 July 2015. Similar papers given at University of Birmingham, March 2016; University of Durham, July 2017.

The World of the Newport Ship, 17-19 July 2014. This conference and the forthcoming conference volume are an offshoot of the Cabot Project, funded by Gretchen Bauta.

E. T. Jones (University of Bristol), 'Constructing Cabot: the making of a Bristol hero' and R. Stone (University of Bristol), 'John Guy: the hero who wasn’t', Imperial City: Bristol in the World, UWE / MShed conference, Bristol, 20-21 September 2013.

Margaret Condon, 'The Cabot Project', The Fifteenth Century Conference, Oxford, 5-7 September 2013

M. M. Condon 'Alwyn Ruddock, John Cabot, and the early Atlantic explorations': Medieval Studies Summer School, University of Cambridge (ICE) 15 August 2013. 

F. Guidi-Bruscoli, ''"So that he could go and find the new land": Italian money for John Cabot's voyages of 1496-7', University of Bristol, 14 January 2013.

F. Guidi-Bruscoli, 'Beyond Iberia: Florentine bankers and John Cabot’s voyage to the “New Land”' at 'Mundus Novus. Vespucci: Ancient World and New World', Lisbon, 13-14 December 2012.

F. Guidi-Bruscoli, ‘Capitali fiorentini nei primi viaggi verso il Nord America: Giovanni Caboto e Giovanni da Verrazzano’,  at 'Vespucci, Firenze e le Americhe', Florence, 22-24 November 2012.

E. T. Jones, ‘William Weston: Bristol's forgotten explorer’, University of Bristol, 7 Feb. 2012.

F. Guidi-Bruscoli, ‘John Cabot’s Italian Financiers’ at the 'Ninth European Historical Economics Society Conference', Dublin, 2-3 September 2011.

Heather Dalton, ‘The Cabot Project: International collaboration and the voyages to America of John Cabot and the merchants of Bristol’, University of Melbourne, 18 April 2011; University of Sheffield, 9 Nov. 2011.

E. T. Jones, ‘Rediscovering Cabot, 1496-1500’ at 'A Second City Remembered: Rethinking Bristol’s History, 1400-2000', Bristol, 23 July 2010.

E. T. Jones, 'Bristol, Cabot and the New Found Land, 1496-1500'. The public lecture at 'Exploring New World Transitions: From Seasonal Presence to Permanent Settlement', St Johns, Newfoundland, 16 June 2010. Also presented as a public lecture at Carbonear, Newfoundland, 14 June. A version of this paper is to be published in Peter E. Pope and Shannon Lewis-Simpson, eds. Exploring Atlantic Transitions : Archaeologies of Permanence and Transience in New Found Lands (Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology Monograph no. 7. Woodbridge, Suffolk, forthcoming 2013)

Public engagement

Having been aware, from the start, of the strong public interest in the Cabot voyages, we have sought to communicate our research findings to the general public. This has included lectures to local societies and the creation of a Schools Group  to introduce our research to Bristol school children. Our decision to produce a short book, aimed at a general audience, was a major part of this process.

Over the years, there has been extensive media coverage of the project's findings. Some of the highlights are listed below:

Guido Moltedo, Cabotaggi in banca e libri gialli, Il (Oct. 2012), 180-81

John Cabot’s celebrated ship dabbled in smugglingThe National Post, Windsor Star, et al. (8 July 2012)

Francesco Guidi Bruscoli, 'A shoe box of discovery', The American (July, 2012)

Discovery of a £16 Advance Sheds Light on John Cabot’s AdventuresNew York Times (19 June 2012)

Italiener finanzierten Entdeckung NordamerikasDer Spiegel (6 May 2012)

Did an English expedition BEAT Columbus to the Americas? Record of bank loan to sailor who found North America in 1497 hints that others may have been there firstDaily Mail (4 May 2012)

Rossella Lorenzi, 'Columbus may not have been first to America', Discovery News (3 May 2012)

'Cabot may have known of new world before Columbus, newly discovered document suggests', Vancouver Sun, The Province, National Post, Edmonton Journal et al. (29 April 2012)

'Italian bankers paid for Cabot voyage', The Post (28 April 2012)

'Italian bank backed Cabot voyage to Newfoundland, new research reveals', Montreal Gazette, Times Colonist, Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Sun, Calgary Herald et. al.  (20 Oct. 2010)

Douglas Hunter, Rewriting History: Alwyn Ruddock and John Cabot (July 2010). 
This is an extended version of the article published in Canada's History (April, 2010).

'Bristol's early navigators', Current Archaeology (November 2009), pp. 46-7.

'The lost voyage', Global TV News (Canada)  broadcast and podcast (12 October 2009)

The Cabot Mystery, audio podcast for 'The Atlantic Conference' (10 October 2009)

'Search hopes to find 510-year-old Nfld. church', National Post, Windsor Star, Star Phoenix, Edmonton Journal, Ottawa Citizen, et. al. (6 September 2009)

'A Tudor mariner's epic exploits', The Big Story, BBC History Magazine (September 2009), pp. 12-13

William Weston, an English merchant, ‘first to land in North America'The Times (28 August 2009)

Evidence for first English-led expedition to North America discoveredThe Daily Mail (28 August 2009)

John Cabot was not Bristol's only explorerWestern Daily Press / Bristol Evening News (28 August 2009)

Britânicos chegaram a América em 1499O Globo, Brazil (28 August 2009)

Revela carta de Henry VII primera expedición inglesa a NorteaméricaEl Porvenir, Mexico (28 August 2009)

'Fee for discovering Canada: 40 shillings', The National Post, Vancouver Sun, Windsor Star (27 August 2009)

King's letter reveals epic voyage, BBC News Online (27 August 2009)

'510-year-old royal letter points to Englishman’s contact with Canada', The National Post, Vancouver Sun, Montreal Gazette, Calgary Herald, Ottawa Citizen, Times Colonist (26 August 2009)

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