New: State Papers Online III-IV: The Stuarts & Commonwealth 1509-1714

Oxford users now have access to State Papers Online III and IV which covers the Stuart and Commonwealth Domestic and Foreign papers 1603-1714.

State Papers Online contains the Tudor and Stuart governments “domestic” and “foreign” papers – the equivalent of today’s documents from the Home and Foreign Offices and the Royal Archives. These everyday working papers of the British royal government reveal Tudor and Stuart society and government, religion and politics in all its drama allowing scholars to trace the remarkable – and frequently violent – transformations of the 16th & 17th centuries. This major resource re-unites the Domestic, Foreign, Borders, Scotland, and Ireland State Papers of Britain with the Registers of the Privy Council and other State Papers now housed in the Cotton, Harley and Lansdowne collections in the British Library.

The papers are digitised images and are accompanied by the Calendars. The Calendars State Papers are fully searchable, and each Calendar entry has been linked directly to its related State Paper. Among the Calendars included are the HMC Calendars and the Haynes/Murdin transcriptions of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House.

SPO is relevant to those studying Early Modern British and European history: diplomatic, political, social, cultural, local, legal, religious, kingship and queenship, exploration, travel and trade and early empire; Early Modern literature; Renaissance and Reformation Studies; Tudor & Stuart history.

Full details of the content, useful history of the archives, introductory essays to the Stuart period and supportive tools , are on  SPO.

Access is now via SOLO and OxLIP+.

Other useful databases covering the 17th Century:
Early English Books Online – Early European Books Online (Italian Collection) – Colonial State Papers – 17th-18th Century Burney Newspapers – Electronic Enlightenment – Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London, 1674-1913

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