Wednesday, November 12, 2008

New Product: State Papers Online

Eventually we will have the entire collection, but this first installment covers
The Tudors, 1509-1603.
Tons of fun, including the usual Henry VIII hi-jinks.

See if you can find the
"Petition of Tho. Pope, Richard Burbage, John Hemings, Augustine Phillips, William Shakespeare, Wm. Kempe, Wm. Siye, Nicholas Tooley, and other owners and players of the Blackfriars' Theatre, to the Council, for permission to finish the reparations and alterations at that theatre begun at their own expense..." and the notes attached by various "keepers of the record" regarding authenticity.

"State Papers Online, 1509-1714 is a collection of English government documents originating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries – when the King or Queen acted as Prime Minister as well as Monarch. The papers feature the office archives and correspondence of the secretaries of state serving the Monarch as facsimile manuscript documents accessed directly or via the fully searchable Calendar entries (abstracts or transcriptions). This collection contains information on every facet of English government, including social and economic affairs, law and order, religious policy, crown possessions and intelligence gathering as well as Britain's international relations and foreign policy.

But what makes this unique collection truly rise above all others, is the ability to cross search the Calendars and access the documents directly from their individual Calendar entries. By overcoming the difficulty of matching an individual Calendar entry to the original facsimile document, State Papers Online, 1509–1714 marks a huge advance for historians in all disciplines, both as a research tool and as a teaching resource."

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