Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Research Source

A huge range of primary sources covering social, cultural, political, scientific and religious perspectives, from the 15th to early 18th centuries.

The breadth of sources provided within this collection is extraordinary, from sources concerning the Black Death to the Restoration of the English monarchy and the Glorious Revolution.

Highlights include:

  • The papers of Hans Sloane, a leading figure in the international scientific community in the late 17th and early 18th centuries
  • Household and domestic works, shedding light on the role of women during this period, covering diet, cookery, celebrations, illness, childbirth, and the garden
  • The books and manuscripts of John Dee, leading Renaissance scholar and tutor/advisor to Elizabeth I
  • Letters and papers of a host of important figures from the period, including Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey, John Foxe, Elizabeth I, Charles I, John Aubrey, Benjamin Franklin, Carl Linnaeus, John Locke, Isaac Newton, Alexander Orme, Samuel Pepys,  Alexander Pope, Horace Walpole and Robert Walpole

Key Data


  • 2019

Period Covered

  • 15th to 18th centuries


  • Early music
  • Theatre and performance
  • Literature
  • Religion, Philosophy and Intellectual Thought
  • Political History
  • History of Science and Technology
  • History of Medicine
  • Travel and Exploration
  • Gender Studies
  • Plague and Black Death

Material Types

  • Illuminated manuscripts
  • Personal papers
  • Diaries and journals
  • Correspondence
  • Rare books
  • Receipt books
  • Account books
  • Manuscript sheet music

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