Sunday, November 01, 2009

Question from Eva - Online resources

I have just finished reading Alison Weir's "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" and decided to look in the bibliography to see where she got her information on Anne Boleyn. I searched "Calendar of Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, of the Reign of Henry VIII" on the internet and also anything by George Wyatt, but I could not find much. Is there anywhere (online) where I could find these things?

[There has already been some discussion on the State Papers online (see the links below) but not the availability of the George Wyatt papers. - Lara]

Previous State Papers threads/posts:

I think there are some volumes available through Google Books and the Internet Archive as well.

And there is the Gale Cengage State Papers Online project that some might have access to through university or other library subscriptions.

1 comment:

kb said...

The threads Lara has provided should lead you to several online sources that are searchable. Part of the trick will be interpreting what you do find. Historians sometimes take small stray statements and turn them into pages of analysis.

For example, a simple reference in Naunton's "Fragmenta Regalia" claiming Robert Dudley referred to Elizabeth's Boleyn cousins as the 'tribe of Dan' turned into a 2 page analysis in my doctoral dissertation.

So when you are cruising through the online resources, look for the fragments from which Weir may have extrapolated her text.