A briefe of all the men trayned [trained] and vntrayned [untrained] furnished of everie Sessions [in Lincoln]
Author: William Cecil, Lord Burghley
Medium: Ink on parchment
This is a page from an atlas that belonged to William Cecil Lord Burghley, Elizabeth I’s Secretary of State. Burghley used this atlas to illustrate domestic matters. As well as maps this atlas contains written information. Here, "A briefe of all the men trayned [trained] and vntrayned [untrained] furnished of everie Sessions [in Lincoln]" records the men who are trained in combat. This information is not recorded for the other counties and it is likely that it has been recorded for Lincoln in particular because of an uprising here in 1569. If a similar revolt were to occur, the authorities would be prepared to deal with it, knowing which men could be called upon to fight. This is an example of Burghley's desire to posses organized information about the people and places under his jurisdiction.