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JISC-funded project bringing together four searchable databases of Anglo-Saxon sources.
ASChart and eSawyer: Anglo-Saxon charters (6th-11th centuries).
Langscape: Anglo-Saxon estate boundaries and related data (8th-18th centuries).
PASE: Records of inhabitants of England (6th-11th centuries).
(6th to 18th centuries; manuscripts & transcriptions)

Books, laws, treaties.
(600-1799; Russian transcriptions)

Database of manuscripts. Search or browse here.
(1450-1720; manuscripts)

Historical documentation displayed by various themes and date ranges.
(1485 - 1714; facsimiles, transcriptions and images)

(9th to 16th centuries; facsimiles)
(Transcriptions and translations)

Five principal sections that include primary documents online:
Scotland, England, France, Wales, and Ireland.
A well-designed site created by the UK Public Record Office.
(1066 - 1603; facsimiles and transcriptions)

(transcriptions & translations)

A primary source for the Wars of the Roses
and the reigns of Henry VI, Edward IV, and Richard III.
(1453-1486; transcriptions)
with a number of links to contemporary reporters and chroniclers from various perspectives
(chiefly 1483-1490; transcriptions)
(transcriptions) courtesy of the Richard III Society.

Contemporary correspondence of a wealthy family of English wool merchants.
(1475-1488; transcriptions) courtesy of the Richard III Society.

Vol. 1 (London: Henry Colburn, 1846)].
(1190-1544; text searchable Google Print facsimiles with updated English transcriptions)

The Letters Patents of King Henry the Seventh Granted unto Iohn Cabot and his Three Sonnes, Lewis, Sebastian and Sancius for the the Discouerie of New and Unknowen Lands.
(February 3, 1498; English)

Accounts of the toll which the king of Denmark levied on shipping through the Sound between Sweden and Denmark.
Important sources for research on economic and maritime trade history in Northern Europe.
(1497-1857; searchable datasets - registration may be required to view results)

Controversial essay by Bishop of of Winchester and Rochester.
(1556; English)

From Bodleian Library at University of Oxford.
Database of over 30,000 ballads. Browse or search here.
Also includes sound files.
(16th to 20th century; images, lyrics, and sound files)

Key documents from the life and times of Henry VIII.
Provided by the British Library's Online Gallery.
(16th century; facsimiles, descriptions and videos)

Poems, songs, letters, speeches, essays.
(Early 16th century; transcriptions)

Primary source documents from the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I.
(Scroll down to "English Reformation").
(1509 - 1559; transcriptions)

Searchable database of principal records of clerical careers from over 50 archives in England and Wales.

(1549; transcription)

Act standardizing Anglican liturgy.
(1549; English)

Searchable images of the British Library copy.
(1554-1555; facsimiles)

Works by important English aristocrat.
(1554-1618; English)

English translation of selected articles with background information provided.
Full German transcription also available.
(1555; English translation)

Famous book of Reformation era Protestant Martyrs.
(1563; English)

  • Works of John Donne
Works by the poet.
Death's Duel
Sermon Preached at the Spital
(1572-1631; transcriptions)

Electronic texts and documents from the Tudor period.
See also Tudor Letters.
(1485-1597; facsimiles and transcriptions)
From the death of Prince Arthur to the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots.
(1502-1587; transcriptions)

(London: Henry Colburn, 1845)
(1558-1576; text searchable Google Print facsimiles with updated English transcriptions)

The works of Elizabeth in one collection.
(1533-1603; English)

Writings of preacher who influenced political philosophy.
(1554-1600; English)

Edited by Henry Gee and William John Hardy.
From Hanover Historical Texts Collection.
(27 Decemeber 1558; transcription)

Part of Queen Elizabeth's 1559 Religious Settlement.
Edited by Henry Gee and William John Hardy.
From Hanover Historical Texts Collection.
(1559; transcription)

"Revives ten acts subsequent to 22 Hen. VIII, and one of Edward VI; it confirms the repeal of six Acts of Henry VIII, and repeals the Heresy Act of Philip and Mary and the repealing Statute of those sovereigns."
Edited by Henry Gee and William John Hardy.
From Hanover Historical Texts Collection.
(April 1559; transcription)

Edited by Henry Gee and William John Hardy.
From Hanover Historical Texts Collection.
(April 1559; transcription)

Defining statements of Anglican doctrine.
(1571; English)

Commissioned by Sir Walter Raleigh to encourage English colonization of the New World.
(1584; transcription)

A collection of poems, letters, and speeches.
(English transcriptions; 1533-1603)
Statement of the points of belief of the Church of England in the Renaissance.
(English transcription)

Queen Elizabeth's speech against the Spanish Armada.
(1588; modernized transcription and commentary)
Queen Elizabeth's speech against the Spanish Armada.
From Internet History Sourcebook of Fordham College.
(1588; modernized transcription)

King James' defense of the divine right of kings.
(1598; English)

(1592-1597, facsimiles)

Includes records of Parliament, of higher clergy, and manorial records such as feet of fines.
From British History Online
(16th century, transcriptions)
Includes extensive official and private records of Parliament, and the urban history of London, Glasgow, Cardiff and other major cities.
From British History Online
(17th century, transcriptions)

Searchable database of prints and illustrations from early modern Britain.
(1540-1700; image facsimiles, descriptions and commentaries)

120.000 portraits of famous British men and women from the 16th Century to the present day.
Explore the collection in a variety of ways.
(16th century - present; image facsimiles)

A collection documenting Sir Isaac Newton's writings and ideas, consisting primarily of letters to and from 17th and 18th century scientists.
(17th - 18th centuries; facsimiles)

An online exhibit of the Parliamentary Archives including primary documents and other records.
(1600-1807; facsimile images, commentary and instructional modules)

Speech delivered in London by Elizabeth the Second.
(November 30, 1601; English)

Transcription of the trial of Guy Fawkes and other conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot.
(27 January 1605; transcription)

History and historical background of the plot, biographies of pertinent people, list and images of historical sites involved in the plot, and article discussing the plot.
(1605; images and articles)

A collection of primary documents from the Internet Modern History Sourcebook.
(16th - 17th centuries; transcriptions)

  • Works of Richard Baxter
Works by the Puritan leader.
A Call to the Unconverted to Turn and Live
The Reformed Pastor
The Saints' Everlasting Rest
(1615-1691; transcriptions)

Autobiography by the founder of the Society of Friends (Quakers).
(1624-1691; edited by Rufus M. Jones)

(London: Camden Society, 1889).
(1624-1626; text searchable Google Print facsimiles)

  • Works of Paul Bunyan
Works by the Christian writer.
Grace Abounding
The Holy War
The Pilgrim's Progress
(1628-1688; transcriptions)

Important piece of writing by John Milton.
(1644; English)

Reformed confession of faith for the Church of England.
(1646; English)

Proposal for republican government in England.
(1647; English)

Charles' speech delivered immediately before his death.
(January 30, 1649; English)

Manifesto of the egalitarian Levelers.
(1649; English)

Defense of the execution of Charles I.
(1650; English)

Speech of Oliver Cromwell, when he threw out the parliament.
(April 20, 1653; English)

Effectively the constitution of the English Commonwealth.
(1653; English)

Response to English Commonwealth.
(1656; English)

Proposal for the structure of a republican Government.
(1656; English)

Important philosophical work by John Milton.
(1659; English)

Amnesty for rebels during the English civil war, promise of retention of property and guarantee of religious toleration from Charles II.
(April 4, 1660; English)

Act of both houses of parliament affirming the right of Charles II to the throne of England.
(May 8, 1660; English)

Revised Anglican prayer book. This version was instituted at the end of the English Civil War. Includes more recent revisions.
(1662; English)

Compilation completed sometime between 1670 and 1680, includes work of multiple English poets and playwrights.
Click on book in right hand corner to view facsimile.
(1670-1680; English interface)

In an effort to concentrate religious power in the Anglican realm.
Digitized by Wade Frembd.
(8 January 1678; transcription)

Act of congress guaranteeing that subjects not be held indefinitely without a trial.
(1679; English)

Failed attempt of parliament to prevent James II from ascending to the throne of England.
(1680; English)

Isaac Newtons seminal work on physics. Also available in English.
(1687; English)

Letter of parliament inviting William of Orange to seize the throne of England.
(June 30, 1688; English)

Over 100 documents on the history of Jacobitism and the Jacobite kings.
Digitized by Noel S. McFerran as a part of The Jacobite Heritage.
(1680-1861; transcriptions with modernised spelling)

Digitized key books and maps relating to specimens held in the Geological Collections of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
The collection can be searched by title, subject or name.
(17th - 19th centuries; book and manuscript facsimiles)

A collection of documents and maps.

A collection of primary documents from the Internet Modern History Sourcebook.
(16th - 18th centuries; transcriptions)

A part of the University of Missouri Library's Digital Library.
(17th-19th centuries; full-text searchable database of facsimiles)

Britannia Internet Magazine collection of significant charters, histories, chronicles, accounts, laws and summonses.
(English transcriptions)

Subject index and abstracts of British official publications, some available in full-text format.
(1688 to the present; English transcriptions)

Huge and exemplary website combining a searchable database of wills and testaments
with full transcripts of the originals and some sample facsimiles.
Includes auxiliary helps such as guides to handwriting and to Scottish occupations.
(1500-1901; facsimiles and transcripts)

Searchable database containing the proceedings of the Scottish parliament from the first surviving act of 1235 to the union of 1707.
(1235-1707; manuscripts and translations)

A project of the Edinburgh University Library.
(1550-1740; facsimiles)
A project of the National Library of Scotland.
(1560-1928; facsimiles)

Over 20,000 images of objects, books, letters, aerial photographs and other items from museums, libraries and record offices in Wales.
(Medieval to 20th century; facsimiles and photographs)
A documentation project of Powys County, Wales.
(Medieval to present; facsimiles, Latin and Welsh transcriptions and English transcriptions and translations)

A major online Geographic Information System for Great Britain
Combining historical atlases and gazeteers with a database of demographic and socio-economic statistics.
Directed by Humphrey Southall of the University of Portsmouth.
(Facsimiles and transcriptions)

Geographical and literary mappings of the medieval city of Chester.
(1200-1500; digital map and texts)

An impressive local history collection, comprising church, state, estate and personal records.
(1375 - 185