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State Papers Online, 1509-1714: Parts I-IV

"In the crowded marketplace of digital humanities, few resources stand out as ‘game changers’, but State Papers Online will surely be one of them. It is a technological marvel, and its completion will help to revive neglected fields of inquiry and to open up entirely new avenues of scholarship. Like EEBO before it, therefore, State Papers Online will make researchers’ lives a great deal easier, enrich the studies of generations of students, and ultimately transform the field of early modern studies."
Dr Jason Peacey, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern British History, University College London

“Traditional diplomatic history has rarely, if ever, been among the trendier historiographical fields. Much of the neglect can be ascribed to comparative inaccessibility. State Papers Online at last allows scholars and their students from around the globe full access to these documents, long dismissed as bureaucratic minutiae, which reveal much about topics as varied as court patronage, contemporary religious issues, parliamentary affairs, consumption patterns of luxury goods as well as dynastic and strategic politics.”
Professor Thomas Cogswell, Professor of History, University of California, Riverside

State Papers Online, 1509-1714: Part III


“'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, Queen Mary, University of London, General Editor of Parts III and IV

State Papers Online, 1509-1714: Part II


"State Papers Online Part I has been an invaluable asset to the AHRC-funded project on which I am a co-investigator, ‘British state prayers, fasts and thanksgivings, 1540s to 1940s’.  I’ve been able to search, download and print a range of orders, letters, drafts of prayers etc for the early period without having to go to London. I’m looking forward to the release of Part II as I’ll be able to access all the material on the Spanish Armada in the Foreign Series for my research on murals, tapestries and paintings of the Armada. It's going to be wonderful to show undergraduate and graduate students ‘real’ documents: there will be so much more for them to work on for dissertations, as well as seeing what the originals look like of the modern printed letters we analyse in class."
Dr Natalie Mears,
University of Durham

State Papers Online, 1509-1714: Part I

"Never before have students and their teachers been able to inspect the archives that formed the backbone of the Tudor State so carefully and so easily. Here is Tudor government stripped bare, exposed in all its fabulous richness and subtlety."
Dr Stephen Alford, University of Cambridge

"[State Papers Online] is a core resource for all British history of the early modern period. It is an essential source for political and religious historians but also as useful for social and cultural historians. [State Papers Online] can help us answer what is meant by the state and what were its functions."
Dr Mark Knights, University of East Anglia

"Any early modern historian would 'give their right arm' for [State Papers Online]. Containing facsimile mansucript material as well as the printed calendars, it is an absolutely fantastic - and unrivalled - resource for early modernists working on a huge range of topics. It would seem to be a prime candidate for provision to the Higher Education community through JISC."
Dr Garthine Walker, University of Cardiff

"As an historian who teaches and researches the period 1547-1702, I think this project would be of tremendous interest, both as a research tool and a teaching device at undergraduate & postgraduate levels, comparable to EEBO or [Gale's] own ECCO."
Dr Henry French, University of Exeter

"...[It is] difficult to match the Calendar entry with the document on film, so linking the correct Calendar reference to the document would be a huge advance."
Dr John Cooper, University of York


"The cross-referencing and the linkage between items is really remarkable.  It's really quite an unbelievable project: fifteen years ago in St. Andrews we thought we were on the cutting edge with the microfilms, and never anticipated this."      
Dr John Cramsie
, Union College New York