British History Online

A digital library, British History Online (BHO) offers a vast collection of primary and secondary sources on the history of Britain and Ireland between 1300 and 1800. Over 1,300 volumes of transcribed content, including Close Rolls and State Papers Domestic, are included.

They recently upgraded their website and are addressing issues with subscriptions, logging in, and searching the content. While most content is usually free, while they fix the problem they’ve temporarily lowered the paywall, allowing free access to all their material.

I suggest going to the website at, clicking on search, and entering a community name of interest, even a small one. Chances are the hits will be early, before your period of known interest, but you never know.

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