Thanks to a request from the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) the Library currently has trial access to 3 further collections from the State Papers Online database from Gale. State Papers Online offers original historical materials across the widest range of government concerns, from high level international politics and diplomacy to the charges against a steward for poisoning a dozen or more people.
You can access the 3 collections on trial via the E-resources trials page.
Access is available on and off-campus.
Trial access ends 30th June 2020.
The 3 collections the Library has trial access to are:
- Part I: The Tudors, 1509-1603: State Papers Domestic
Part I delivers the complete series of State Papers Domestic for the Tudor era, encompassing every facet of early modern government, including social and economic affairs, law and order, religious policy, crown possessions, and intelligence. The collection is of immense value to researchers of religious history, chronicling social unrest in England as it pitched back and forth between the religious positions of its rulers: from the boy-king Edward VI’s promotion of the Reformation, to Mary I’s bloody reassertion of Catholicism and Elizabeth’s loyalty to Protestantism and enduring suspicion of Catholic plots.
- Part III: The Stuarts and Commonwealth, James I – Anne I, 1603-1714: State Papers Domestic
Part III is a collection of English government documents originating primarily from the seventeenth century. The Stuarts’ internal struggles come to life through a wealth of primary source documents from one of the most compelling and turbulent eras in Britain’s social, political, and religious history. Among the more than one million pages of manuscripts, researchers will find accounts of the English Civil War, the execution of Charles I, and the invasion of William of Orange.
- Part IV: The Stuarts and Commonwealth, James I – Anne I, 1603-1714: State Papers Foreign, Ireland and Registers of the Privy Council
Part IV is a collection of English government documents originating from the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The Stuart era was witness to great changes, civil war, and transformation, particularly affecting matters of religion and politics that are still influential today. State Papers Online, Part IV charts international affairs throughout periods of revolution and upheaval in Britain and Europe’s history.
The Library already has access to 2 collections from State Papers Online, Part II: The Tudors, 1509-1603: State Papers Foreign, Scotland, Borders, Ireland and Registers of the Privy Council and The Stuart and the Cumberland Papers from the Royal Archives, Windsor Castle. You can access both of these via the Digital primary source and archive collections guide.
Please note, trial access to a resource is an opportunity for our staff and students to try a resource out and give feedback on its quality and usefulness. However, if we trial a resource this is not an indication that we plan to or will be able to purchase or subscribe to the resource in the near future.
Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for History, Classics and Archaeology