Were the Tudors terrible?

*The Library has access to The Cecil Papers until 31st July 2024 as part of ProQuest Access 350.*

The Library currently has trial access to The Cecil Papers, which may help you find out.
This fascinating archive offers you crucial insights into the events of one of the most dynamic periods of history.


The Cecil Papers cover the period 1520-1668 and are a privately held archive of around 30,000 16th and 17th century manuscripts. In the main, these consist of the correspondence of William Cecil, Lord Burghley (1520-1598) and his son Robert, the 1st Earl of Salisbury (1563-1612). Continue reading

*New* Medieval Family Life

The Library has recently purchased access to Medieval Family Life, a collection of letters and manuscripts from c1400-1490. Only five major letter collections exist from fifteenth century England and they are all available for the first time in this resource.

These letter collections and associated manuscripts take you into the world of medieval family, business, relationships, trade, politics and community.


Medieval Family Life contains the letter collections of the Paston, Stonor, Cely, Plumpton and Armburgh families. Continue reading