The Early Modern Commons

The Power of Petitioning in Seventeenth-Century England

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Now Online: New Investigations into late Elizabethan and Jacobean Petitioners

1 June 2020

During the reign of James I, the king and his councillors received hundreds of petitions every year. As part of ‘The Power of Petitioning’ project, we have transcribed and...

The Penruddock Petitions: The Aftermath of a Royalist Revolt, 1655-166

12 May 2020

Sarah-Jayne Ainsworth [This blogpost examines the petitions written by Wiltshire woman Arundell Penruddock and her family between 1655 and 1660. These are housed at the Wiltshire and...

1620, the drapers of Shrewsbury and Oswestry seek to protect their trading privileges

9 May 2020

The drapers of Shrewsbury and Oswestry. SP 14/112 f. 72 (1620) To the right honourable the lords and others of his majesties most honourable previe counsell: The humble peticion of...

1619, the Commissioners of Sewers for Cambridgeshire and Ely against holding a meeting during the winter floods

8 May 2020

The Commissioners of Sewers for Cambridge and Ely. SP 14/105 f. 72 (1619) To the right honourable the lordes and others of his majesties most honourable privie counsell. The humble...