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Part III: The Stuarts: James I to Anne, 1603-1714: State Papers Domestic

 “The documents in the State Papers are the essential first port of call for those who wish to study most aspects of seventeenth-century England, including politics, government and religion.”

Professor John Miller from Queen Mary, University of London

• Approx. 1.2 million pages of manuscript
• 270,000 fully searchable Calendar Entries

The 17th century: civil war, revolution and regicide

State Papers Domestic for the Stuart era (1603-1714) is the richest primary source archive of its kind to cover national affairs in the 17th 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, religious conflict and the emergence of party politics.

Espionage and treason

The clandestine world of espionage and treason emerges in numerous documents describing plots and assassination attempts; three volumes of the state papers are dedicated to the Gunpowder Plot alone. Reports of military manoeuvres and accounts of battles bring the English Civil War sharply to life while sobering testimonies capture the public’s experience of natural disasters like the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London. For students or researchers of theology and religious history the collection contains every major religious issue from the commissioning of the King James Bible to questions over which recreations were deemed permissible on Sundays and holy days.

Key Themes

• The Coronation of James I
• The Gunpowder Plot
• The Coronation of Charles I
• The English Civil War
• The trial and execution of Charles I
• Declaration of England as a Commonwealth
• Oliver Cromwell’s reign
• Restoration of the monarchy - Charles II
• The Great Fire of London
• William of Orange’s invasion of England
• The Coronation of Anne (1702)

Source libraries and collections

The National Archives, London: SP 8, 14 – 18, 20 – 22, 24-34, 44


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