State Papers Online, 1509-1714

This four-part collection of primarily Early Modern materials consists of:

  • Facsimile images of almost three million State Papers
  • Direct linking between the facsimile images of the manuscripts and their individual calendar entries
  • Hyperlinking between all references in the calendar indexes and the calendar entries
  • The Irish Manuscript Commission series of Calendars of State Papers Ireland
  • The manuscripts collections of Sir William Cecil (Lord Burghley) and his successor, Robert Burghley, from the National Archives and the British Library (Lansdowne Collection), as well as the complete twenty-four volumes of the Calendars of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House and the Haynes/Murdin transcriptions

An international resource

The global reach of the series offers researchers the scope to explore documents covering Britain's diplomatic relations and trade in Europe and with the Ottoman Empire, Russia, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Users can read letters from popes, cardinals and bishops, Holy Roman emperors, and the kings of France and Spain as well as rulers, diplomats, counselors, and agents from every other country in Europe. By providing little-studied volumes online, State Papers Online, 1509-1714 represents enormous potential for new research.

Who is it for?

State Papers Online, 1509-1714 is a core resource for any student or researcher studying and publishing in the following areas:

  • Early modern British and European history, including diplomacy, politics, society, culture, law, religion, kingship and queenship, exploration, travel and trade, and the early empire
  • Early modern literature
  • Renaissance and Reformation studies
  • Tudor and Stuart studies

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State Papers Online, 1509–1714: Part I: The Tudors, Henry VIII to Elizabeth I, 1509–1603: State Papers Domestic

This collection delivers access to the official records of the secretaries of state serving the ruling monarch of the day, encompassing every facet of early modern government, including social and economic affairs, law and order, religious policy, crown possessions, and intelligence. Part I delivers the complete series of State Papers Domestic for the Tudor era.

State Papers Online, 1509–1714: Part II: The Tudors, Henry VIII to Elizabeth I, 1509–1603: State Papers Foreign: Ireland, Scotland, Borders and Registers of the Privy Council

This collection contains State Papers Foreign, Scotland, Borders, and Ireland together with the Registers (Minutes) of the Privy Council for the sixteenth century. These documents record the relationship between England and the rest of Europe, as well as the relationships among the European states, both Catholic and Protestant.

State Papers Online, 1509–1714: Part III: The Stuarts and Commonwealth, James I–Anne, 1603–1714: State Papers Domestic

State Papers Domestic for the Stuart era (1603-1714) is the richest primary source archive of its kind to cover national affairs in England in the seventeenth century. The manuscripts and accompanying calendars are vital to any scholar's understanding of this turbulent century of civil strife, revolution, and regicide. Users can explore the nature of monarchy, the details of religious conflict, and the emergence of party politics.

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Cross-Search Capability

Search across State Papers Domestic, Foreign, Ireland, and the registers of the Privy Council from the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries.

Comparative Analysis

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State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782: Part II: State Papers Foreign: Low Countries and Germany

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State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782: Part III: Western Europe

Papers series relating to France, Portugal, Spain, Malta, the Italian States and Rome, Genoa, Tuscany, Venice, Savoy and Sardinia, Sicily and Naples. It also includes the Royal letters and Treaties series. These are the papers written or received by the secretaries of state in their conduct of British diplomacy and intelligence gathering. They document the relationship of the Hanoverian monarchs with the rulers, governments and commerce of Western Europe. Scholars will also find narratives of each country’s history running through the letters and reports as events, debates, discussions, conversations and gossip are relayed back to London.