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Life in our Times
Proofs for John Speed’s County Maps – the finished copies of which were published in 1611-12 available for download from Cambridge University’s digital library
Color Our Collections freely downloadable images from worldwide museum collections – useful for educators to create displays or worksheets, as well as for colouring in.
The Great Fire of London
The Gunpowder Plot
The Medieval Period (before our time we know but interesting nonetheless)
Homes and Housework
Old and Interesting – a history of domestic paraphernalia
The Many-Headed Monster – a collaborative blog about the social and cultural history of the early modern period
Food and Drink
A Forme of Cury – recipes from 1390 onwards
Food Timeline – a timeline of when various foods were introduced, with links to additional information
The Recipes Project includes many recipes for medicines
Crime and Punishment
The Country Justice – quotations from Michael Dalton’s guide for C16th and C17th Justices of the Peace for a full transcription
Old Bailey Online – indexed proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674-1913. This site also includes an article on punishments
A Brief History of Punishments – a description of various historical punishments
Essex Witch Trials – although this site is ostensibly about the Essex witch trials, it contains a great deal of general information including details of the witchcraft acts and a long list of those tried by witchcraft all over England
The Casebooks Project – a digital edition of Simon Forman’s & Richard Napier’s medical records 1596–1634
Thomas Morris – a blog about the history of medicine and unusual cures
Theodore de Mayerne – physician
The text of John Woodall’s The Surgeon’s Mate
Download options for Culpeper’s Complete Herbal
The Art of Distillation – extract from John French’s Art of Distillation 1653
Coinage in the seventeenth century, together with a list of items recommended for emigrants and their costs.
The Great Migration
A list of recommended items for seventeenth century emigrants, together with their prices under ‘Costings for Emigrants’ – also other useful resources.
How to read Tudor and Stuart Handwriting
Places to Visit
Suppliers and other Friends