12 December 2010

Trial e-Resource - The Cecil Papers

Robert Cecil
© Chadwyck Healey
We have a trial of The Cecil Papers database, until 9 January 2011.

The Cecil Papers is a collection of approx 30,000 sixteenth and seventeenth century manuscripts, consisting principally of the correspondence of William Cecil, Lord Burghley (1520-1598) and his son Robert Cecil, the 1st Earl of Salisbury (1563-1612).

Both men were Secretary of State to Elizabeth I - Robert Cecil also served her successor, James I/VI - and dominated the administration of government during her reign.

This important collection of documents includes many 16th and 17th century state papers, legal documents, treaties, correspondences and political memoranda, as well as hand-drawn maps, tables and letters.

It offers crucial insights into the events of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, one of the most dynamic periods of history, and is "of the utmost importance to scholars of Tudor government, politics, religion, administration in particular, but also to anyone working in the field of 16th century English history"

Feedback about this resource would be appreciated. 

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