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David Gurliacci   Link to this

"British Civil Wars, Commonwealth and Protectorate"

This site has a timeline, biographical articles, military history and a search engine. Thank-you for this site, David Plant!

David Quidnunc   Link to this

Macaulay's History of England (1848)

Up to early 1660

CHARLES II: circa 1660-1661http://www.strecorsoc.org/macaulay/m02a.html
CIRCA 1660-1661

CHARLES II: Circa 1661 to end of Diary

CHARLES II: Into the years beyond Diary http://www.strecorsoc.org/macaulay/m02c.html

David Quidnunc   Link to this

L'Age d'Or's History of France & England

ENGLISH HISTORY(royalty, etiquette, coins, Charles II, James II)
FOOD (meals, a few recipes, ingredients, meals, tableware)
BIBLIOGRAPHY of late Stuart history

David Quidnunc   Link to this

Living History Village of Little Woodham

". . . dedicated to recreating English rural life in the South of England during 1642." Much of the information on the website refers to the parish of Rowner, two miles west of Portsmouth."

INDEX PAGE (contents at bottom):

Includes pictures, information on demographics, prices, military, lace-making, court proceedings, the parish register.

David Quidnunc   Link to this

English Civil War -- a BBC website

"Choosing sides in the English Civil War, by Dr. Mark Stoyle (March 2001)"

Sections: The personality of Charles I, The road to war, Class divisions, Ideological divisions, The final choice, Go further.

michael f vincent   Link to this

Mathematicians of the day: Boyle, Newton, Huygen and Collins etc ;

For an ordinary man and his struggles:
a brief history.
A sample;

Collins( 1624-1683) also held a position as an accountant in the Excise Office from 1668 to 1670. However times were not easy and Collins only received a small fraction of his proper salary from the Council of Plantations. He therefore resigned in September 1672 and was given job in the Farthing Office. The Farthing Office was a part of the Mint and Charles II had introduced, in 1672, the copper half-penny and farthing with the Britannia type.


Derek   Link to this

Time Traveller's Guide to Stuart England


General introduction to period, linked to UK TV series, broadcast Autumn 2001. Covers period 1603-1702 and contains following main sections:
timeline, the basics, words you need to know, godly nation, class & customs, hazards & dangers, movers & shakers, arts, sciences, sex & sleaze, DIY politics, further afield

vincent   Link to this

history on line

a list of 17 th century data

vincent   Link to this

"The World Turned upside down by Christopher Hill" Another inexpensive book on 17th century and the relig/polit/econ mix and the reactions (from the bottom of the heap) from the court Documents etc. and the poetry and Flyers. Unfortunately History is only written by the succesful,which is like looking at a London photograph and showing you Buckingham Palace and how people live. It talks about all the religious and non, irr- religious groupings and their political asperations.
The book is a Penquin ( I am told its Welsh for White head) book.
One of the delightful quotes "In essex one of 'the rude vulgar people' threatened to tear ' the gentlemen to pieces'. (p21)

dirk   Link to this

History of London

Good general overview:

dirk   Link to this

Some more historical background info:

History of London and its people.
A whole range of articles on different subjects:

From the above, an article on Samuel Peppys:

vincent   Link to this

A must for from Dirk_Pepys

Emilio   Link to this

Only a small and misleading part of Pepys's shorthand

See later post for 23 Mar 2004:

Vicente   Link to this

The world turned upside down and other points of view leading up to Sams view . Leads

vicente   Link to this

For those that want to look into the variations in 1660's practices and differences :
the library of Dr William Bates is housed with that of Dr Daniel Williams along other choice items of literature at Dr Williams's Library, 14 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0AR
Dr Williams's Library is the pre-eminent research library of English Protestant nonconformity.
Established under the will of Dr Daniel Williams, the library is one of the oldest open to the public still conducted on its original benefaction. It has never received any government funding.
Among the confusing but crucial distinctions that baffle many family historians are the denominational differences within religious dissent or nonconformity. Here you will find out about the various different types of nonconformists, as well as discovering where to look for further information that will aid your research. Useful addresses and contact names are included.


vicente   Link to this

For the daily workings of the House of Lords at this time period :
goto for example the leterr declaration of the king
choose the date of choice.
for others:

Ruben   Link to this

Published in 1662. Same stile as SP.
Statistics from SP's world.
Interesting to note that the Plague described by SP was not "the Grest Plague" but "the Last Great Plague", having had more big Plagues in the same century.

Mary   Link to this

Liza Picard's books.

A number of us have referred to Liza Picard's 'Restoration London', which is a mine of information for our period. Readers may like to know that her 'Elizabethan London', first published in hardback last year, is now available in paperback under the Orion imprint. Although not as relevant to our reading as 'Restoration London', it still provides entertaining and informative reading on the London out of which 'our' London grew.

vicenzo   Link to this

life and death mortality: http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~stephan/Graunt/bills.html

dirk   Link to this


The full text of most 17th c. treaties between britain and other countries.
(downloadable as PDF)

dirk   Link to this

Life Expectancy

Average life expectancy at birth for English people in the late 16th/early 17th centuries was just under 40 - 39.7 years. However, this low figure was mostly due to the high rate of infant and child mortality - over 12% of all children born would die within their first year. A man or woman who reached the age of 30 could expect to live to 59. [...] Life expectancy in London was lower than that of England in general, even for the wealthy. Crowding, poor sanitation and increased likelihood of disease all took their toll on the population. "Expectation of life at birth varied greatly from the wealthy to poorer parishes of London. St Peter Cornhill, 1580-1650 had an expectation of life of 34-6 years. Comparatively, the poor parish of St. Mary Somerset, 1606-1653, had a life expectancy at birth of only 21 years."


david ross mcirvine   Link to this

*Les flibustiers de l'Amérique (1648-1688)*--Raynald LaPrise's site of Privateers in the Americas (in french)


and his biographical dictionary of them


(includes a number of people from the Pepys diary)

david ross mcirvine   Link to this

Some of Jim Bender's sites on matters naval from Pepys's time:

(about the Anglo-Dutch wars)

and his site on military and naval history, focused on warship design and history


with a nice bibliography for our period here:


Pedro   Link to this

National Archives.

A wealth of historical references and how to access


Michael Robinson   Link to this

Bibliography, London's Past Online,

"... produced by the Centre for Metropolitan History in association with the Royal Historical Society, is a free online bibliography of published material relating to the history of the Greater London area. In it, you will be able to find everything relating to the history of the capital, from counting house to music hall; from the Fire to the Blitz; from Whittington to Livingstone. It should represent a starting point for all enquiries concerning London's development over the centuries or any conceivable aspect of London life, whether from the academic historian, the amateur or the general enquirer."


cgs   Link to this

new : direct access to the acts of Parliament.
an example: the post office acts of 1660, a government arm until late 20th C
shows the rates too.

cum salis grano   Link to this

from JWB
Mahan, “The Influence of Sea Power Upon History” p126 http://www.gutenberg.org/files/13529/13529-h/13...

great source for e reading of books of the period

Michael Robinson   Link to this

Going for Baroque - The Iconography of the Ornamental Map

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