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Dr Paul Seaward

Director, History of Parliament Trust

Paul has written on English politics and political thought in the reign of Charles II, and on the history of Parliament.


Rushworth's 'Historical Collections'

Dr Paul Seaward, 14 February 2008

Volume 1 of John Rushworth's work is now live. This eight-volume work is a fundamental source for the political history of seventeenth-century England. The remaining seven volumes should appear over the next five months. Read volume 1 at:

Catalogue of Ancient Deeds

Dr Paul Seaward, 29 October 2007

The first three volumes of this series are now live. They summarise the ancient deeds held by The National Archives, from the courts of Augmentations and Chancery, as well as the Receipt of the Exchequer and the Queen's Remembrancer's department. The remaining three volumes should be launched over the next few weeks. View them all at:

John Thurloe's State Papers now complete

Dr Paul Seaward, 02 July 2007

Volumes 4 and 7 are now live. With the launch of these two volumes, we have completed the publication of this crucial source for the diplomatic and political history of the Interregnum. Read them all at:

Thurloe, State Papers

Dr Paul Seaward, 21 May 2007

Volumes 2 and 3 are now live. Between them they cover the years 1654 and 1655. The remaining four volumes will appear in the next few weeks. Read them all at:

A collection of State Papers by John Thurloe

Dr Paul Seaward, 17 April 2007

Volume 1 of this series of seven volumes is now live. The series contains extensive diplomatic correspondence and other papers for the period 1638-60, collected by John Thurloe, and edited for publication by Thomas Birch in 1742. Thurloe was Secretary first to the Council of State and then to the two Protectors, Oliver and Richard Cromwell. The remaining six volumes will appear in the next two to three months. Read volume 1 at:

Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum now live

Dr Paul Seaward, 26 March 2007

This edition of 1911, edited by Firth and Rait, is now live. As well as providing the full text of the legislation passed in a period of remarkable political ferment, it also complements the Journal of the House of Commons for the same period, and volume 5 of the Statutes of the Realm, which includes the legislation passed in the periods immediately before and after the Interregnum. Read them all at:

Statutes of the Realm volume 5 now live

Dr Paul Seaward, 26 February 2007

Volume 5 (1625-80) is now live. This volume covers all the legislation that passed into law under Charles I and Charles II. It does not include the period of the Interregnum - the Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, edited by C.H. Firth and R.S. Rait, will be added to the site in the next 2-3 months. Read the Statutes at:

Statutes of the Realm

Dr Paul Seaward, 21 December 2006

Volumes 6 and 7, for the period 1685-1701, are now live. These two volumes cover the end of the reign of James II and the accession of William and Mary. This period includes the Glorious Revolution and the passing of the Bill of Rights and the Act of Settlement.

Anchitell Grey's Debates of the House of Commons now complete

Dr Paul Seaward, 16 December 2005

With the launch of volumes 2, 5 and 6, this collection of accounts of parliamentary debates is now complete. Covering the period from 1667 to 1694, it includes debates in the Commons relating to a period of extensive foreign military conflict, the Exclusion Crisis, the accession of King James II, and the Glorious Revolution. These accounts complement the official record of the Commons Journal, and other 'unoffical' sources, such as the collections of Richard Chandler.

Related sources for Parliament in the 17th century

Dr Paul Seaward, 04 November 2005

To complement the Commons Journal, the site contains several related 17th century sources. It includes the diaries of Thomas Burton (1653-9) and Roger Whitley (1684-97), as well as printed collections of debates from Anchitell Grey (1667-94) and Richard Chandler (1660-1739). Use the links below, or the 'Dated documents' link on each page to explore them further.

Grey's Debates of the House of Commons now live

Dr Paul Seaward, 15 August 2005

We have now published the first part of this key source for Parliamentary history. The 'Debates of the House of Commons', compiled by Anchitell Grey, provide transcripts of debates in the House, from 1667 to 1694, and complement the briefer official record of the Journal. The remaining three volumes will appear by the end of 2005.

Chandler's 'History & Proceedings of the Commons

Dr Paul Seaward, 01 May 2005

The site now has all ten volumes of ‘The History and Proceedings of the House of Commons’, giving details of debates for the period 1660-1739. These unofficial transcripts of speeches complement the terser official record of the Commons Journals.