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November 2008

Letters and Papers of Henry VIII now complete

Jonathan Blaney, 29 November 2008

The Calendar of Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, of Henry VIII is now complete. Covering the whole reign of Henry VIII, the calendars give direct access to key events, such as the divorce from Katherine of Aragon, the Henrician Reformation, and the fall of Thomas Cromwell. These essential calendars of state papers are freely available together for the first time, in transcriptions which have been carefully edited to ensure high-quality results. View the complete series here:

Calendar of Close Rolls

Dr Jane Winters, 20 November 2008

The 15 volumes for Henry III are now live. Included as part of our premium content service, the Calendar of Close Rolls is a fundamental source for the study of medieval England. The complete series, from Henry III to Henry VII, will be made live over the next few months.

Announcing the Calendar of Cecil Papers

Jonathan Blaney, 07 November 2008

We are pleased to announce the digitisation of the 24 volumes of the calendars of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House. These documents of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, represent state papers which have remained in the Hatfield archives. As the papers of the central governmental figure of Elizabeth's reign, they will provide an essential complement to our calendars of state papers online. The Calendar of Cecil Papers is scheduled to go online in spring 2009 and will be free to all users.

Calendars of State Papers

Jonathan Blaney, 04 November 2008

British History Online is pleased to announce that 200 volumes in the AHRC-funded State Papers project are now live. The goal of the project is to complete the digitisation of the Calendars of State Papers, in order to make these important documents freely accessible to the academic community and the general public alike; we are able to ensure a reliably searchable result by creating verbatim transcriptions of at least 99.9% accuracy.

In order to foster scholarly collaboration we have also included a feature which allows any interested user to update, correct, or enhance the calendars for the benefit of all. We plan to make the remaining 150 books in this project live within the next twelve months.

The total number of volumes on British History Online is now just over 800, of which 85 percent are completely free; the remainder is included in a subscription service which supports and sustains the free publications.

Browse highlights of the project here: