The Early Modern Commons

The Power of Petitioning in Seventeenth-Century England

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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...

Now Online: Hundreds of Petitions to Local Magistrates, c.1570-17

9 September 2019

Our first 572 full transcriptions of petitions from Elizabethan and Stuart England are now freely available to read and search at British History Online. One volume includes 297 requests...