This website, aimed at a general readership, covers the whole swath of British history from 859 BCE to the present. Among other things, there’s a very cool interactive time line. Just click on one of the “dots” to pull up text about an event. I used it last week to investigate that Britons vs. Celts question from our first meeting. Learned that while there were peoples we’re justified in calling Britons, some argue that the Celts may, in fact, be an invention of 18th-century archaeologists and historians. Interesting, huh? To go straight to the time line.
British Civil Wars, Commonwealth, and Protectorate
Great website with clearly written descriptions of important events and developments, plus biographies and helpful time lines. Highly recommended.
British History Online
A digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources (including maps of London) for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.
Civil War, 1625-1649
Besides the basic who, what, when, where, and why, there are loads of illustrations and portraits.
Europe 1450 to 1789
An encyclopedia of the early modern world that covers everything from the print revolution to the French Revolution. Covers major topics in art, government, and education and provides biographical entries on key figures. Also covers specific topics, e.g., apocalypticism, guilds, food riots, royal mistresses and lovers. Available from Stevenson Library A-Z Databases.
Great features: (1) bibliographical updates of the latest articles and books on seventeenth-century England in one place, and (2) a focus on teaching. The official blurb: “History On-Line is a section of the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) website. It provides information resources for the teaching and learning of history. There are currently over 40,000 records providing details of books and articles, UK university lecturers (teachers), UK current and past research (theses), and evaluated links to history-related websites.”
Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Available from Stevenson Library A-Z Databases.
London and the English Civil War
Lecture by historian Barry Coward. Thanks to Ariel for the recommendation.
Map of London
An amazing interactive map of early modern London. Don’t neglect to try the experimental map.
Museum of London: Material Culture of Stuart England
Photographs of material goods in the museum’s collection, chiefly domestic furnishings (especially ceramics), dress and jewelry, weapons, and coins. Skull ring at right circa 1640s.
Reading History Critically
Good sections on historiography, bias/prejudice, evaluating contradictory evidence and claims.
Van Dyck and the British Look
Telegraph article about 2009 Van Dyck exhibit at the Tate Gallery.