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Primary Historical Documents--Britain

Gentleman's Magazine

Published from 1731 to 1833, Gentleman's Magazine was the first serial publication to use the word 'magazine'  as in storehouse.  It was the Time/Newsweek/People/New York Times Book Rerview of its day.  It included the proceedings of Parliment, literary items such as poetry, and a weather almanac.  This site links to google books. 

Old Bailey Online--the proceedings of the Old Bailey. London's criminal court 1674-1913

"A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court."

Samuel Pepys Diary

Samuel Pepys was a naval adminstrator in Restoration London.  His diary is an inportant primary source for the period.  Pepys kept his diary from 1660-1669.  It is a detailed record of his activities and observations.

Top Documentary Films

THis website has a large number of history videos available for streaming.

Those titles relavent for British history include:

A History of Britain (Schama)

Edwardian Farm

Making of Modern Britain

History of the Home

Six Wives of Henry VIII

Victorian Farm

Tudor Feast at Christmas

Seven Ages of Britain

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