Early Modern History

Selected library resources for early modern history c.1500-1800

Welcome to the My Subject page for Early Modern History.

This page highlights some of the key resources available to you.



Primary Sources

Special Collections

  • Fairclough Collection:
    Portrait prints and illustrations relating to the political and social history of 17th century Britain.
  • Ford Papers:
    Thomas Ford was Vicar of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire (1773-1821). Papers include personal manuscript notebooks and a list of sermons preached.
  • Hatton Collection:
    English local history materials including all major county histories.
  • Historical Directories:
    Digital collection of local and trade directories for England and Wales from 1750 to 1919.
  • Pamphlet Collection:
    800+ pamphlets and tracts relating to British history between the 16th and 18th centuries.
  • Thirsk Collection:
    Research and data on agricultural history collected by Joan Thirsk.

Other Resources

  • Reading Old Documents:
    Series of online tutorials from the National Archives on how to read Latin and palaeography (old handwriting).
  • Sound Toll Registers Online:
    The accounts of the toll levied on shipping through the Sound, the strait between Sweden and Denmark, from 1497 to 1857.

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