An Egyptian soldier in Roman Pannonia expresses loneliness and concern for his family in a recently-deciphered letter on papyrus.
The Vindolanda Tablets, a fragile collection of letters and lists from the northern frontier of the Roman Empire, shine a light on little-known period.
The Book of Margery Kempe is considered to be the first autobiography ever written in the English language. It is perhaps one of the few accurate insights historians have into the life of a woman living in the Middle Ages. The Book of Margery Kempe lay forgotten for centuries until a copy was discovered.