British History Online
Created by the Institute of Historical Research in London and the History of Parliament Trust, British History Online is a digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. It is possible to combine a search for accessing primary and secondary sources using Geographical categories (East London, Midlands, North Scotland, South East, South West, Wales), Subject categories (Administrative and legal history, Ecclesiastical and religious history, Economic history, Intellectual, scientific and cultural history, Local history, Parliamentary history, Urban and metropolitan history) and Chronological periods (11th and 12th centuries, 13th century, 14th century, 15th century, 16th century, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century). Some important series of "parliamentary" sources are the following:
House of Lords, Journal

The official record of proceedings in the House (1509-1756, 1832-4). 33 volumes.

House of Commons, Journal

The official record of the House. Includes volumes 1-12 (1547-1699) & 85 (1830). 13 volumes.

House of Commons, Debates (Grey)

Debates (1667-94), collected by the Hon. Anchitell Grey, MP (10 vols). 10 volumes.

Statutes of the Realm

The full text of Statutes passed into law by the two Houses of Parliament. 3 volumes.

State Papers of John Thurloe

Collections of Thurloe, Secretary of State 1652-8, ed. Thomas Birch (7 volumes). 7 volumes.

Thomas Burton's Diary

The parliamentary diary of Thomas Burton, MP for Westmorland (1653-59). 4 volumes.

The Journals of all the Parliaments during the reign of Queen Elizabeth

Includes very detailed accounts of debates in both houses of Parliament from 1559 until 1601. Collected by Sir Simonds d'Ewes, knight and baronet of Stow Hall in Suffolk, they were revised and published in 1682 by his nephew, the lawyer and antiquary Paul Bowes.

Historical Collections:or, An exact Account of the Proceedings of the Four last Parliaments of Q. Elizabeth

Details debates in both Houses of Parliament from 1589 until 1601. Collected by the Shropshire MP Heywood Townshend, they were first published in 1680.

House of Commons, History and Proceedings of (Chandler)

Extensive verbatim accounts of Commons debates, 1660-1739, in 10 volumes. 10 volumes.

Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660

The full text of legislation passed into law during the Interregnum. Contains over 900 pieces of legislation. ranging from that concerning the trial and execution of William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury to the regulation of trade in currants, and from the propagation of the Gospel in the New World to the draining of the Great Fen. Originally published in three volumes, it is here given together, along with a table of acts passed and a substantial introduction.

Roger Whitley's Diary 1684-1697Bodleian Library, MS Eng Hist c 711

Diary of a Cheshire gentleman, Whig Member of Parliament for Chester in 1689-97 and landholder in Wales, covering a period in which he steered a difficult political course. Michael Stevens' transcription is published by permission of the Bodleian Library.

Committees for Repeal of the Test and Corporation ActsMinutes 1786-90 and 1827-8

The minutes of two committees of London Dissenters (ministers and laymen) for the repeal of these two Acts, the second of which was eventually successful. From MSS in the Guildhall Library, reproduced by permission of the London Record Society.

London Politics 1713-1717Minutes of a Whig club 1714-1717, London Pollbooks 1713

The minutes of a Whig political club in the City of London, from a MS in the Guildhall Library. The Pollbooks record the voters in the General Election for London of 1713, (MS: Dr Jeremy Mitchell.) By permission of the London Record Society.

Parliament Rolls of Medieval England - PROME (no free access) "This source consists of scholarly descriptions of every parliament held in England between 1275 and 1504. It covers 10 monarchs, from Edward I to Henry VII (since no parliament was held in the reign of Edward V, he is not included). The rolls for some of these parliaments, particularly the earlier ones, do not survive, but where they are extant have been fully transcribed; supplementary material about the business of the parliament is given in an appendix. Opposite the original text, which may be in Latin, Anglo-Norman, or Middle English, is a modern English translation."

The Calendar of Treasury Books. These calendars detail state income and expenditure from the Restoration up to 1718, in 32 volumes. This series complements two others on BHO: the Calendar of Treasury Papers and the Calendar of Treasury Books and Papers:

Papal Documents The Calendar of Papal Registers relating to Great Britain and Ireland is made of 14 volumes covering the period 1198 to 1492, and thus the papacy of Innocent III through to that of Innocent VIII. These volumes provide a detailed insight into the relations of the papacy with Great Britain and Ireland in the medieval period.

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