The Early Modern Commons

The Power of Petitioning in Seventeenth-Century England

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Now Online: New Transcriptions of Petitions to Magistrates in Eighteenth-Century Worcestershire and Cheshire

13 February 2020

Our final two sets of petitions to local magistrates have just been published on British History Online. The full transcriptions of 66 petitions to the magistrates of Worcestershire...

Now Online: Hundreds of Petitions to Kings, Councillors and Other Rulers in Seventeenth-Century England

20 January 2020

Nearly 400 petitions addressed ‘to the King’s most Excellent Majesty’ and other key political authorities in seventeenth-century England are now available on British...

Now Online: Hundreds of Petitions to Westminster’s Local Magistrates, c.1620-18

9 December 2019

We have just published full transcriptions of 424 petitions received by the Justices of the Peace for the City of Westminster in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The texts...

Now Online: Hundreds of Petitions to the Magistrates of Staffordshire and Derbyshire, 1589-1799

4 November 2019

Full transcriptions of 333 local ‘petitions’ from two Midland counties have just been published on British History Online. The first volume includes 239 requests submitted...