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Library of Early English History (25,368 docs.)

By 6295 authors / 4 publishers Text Creation Partnership Robert Brown House of Commons John Field Text Creation Partnership,
Robert Brown,
House of Commons,
John Field
/ 1069–1962


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Enrich your study of early English history with over 25,000 historical documents and literary works. Spanning from the first works mass produced in English to the end of the seventeenth century, this collection provides insight into sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature, politics, and culture.

Comprising the 25,000 most-cited texts from the Early English Books Online archive, this collection peers into the development of Western culture and the Anglo-American world.

Examine early editions of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Malory’s Morte d’Arthur, and the plays of William Shakespeare. Engage with Renaissance-era translations of ancient Greek and Roman works of literature. Trace history and politics with royal statutes and proclamations, military, religious, legal, and Parliamentary documents. Experience the beauty of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century ballads, poetry, and romances. Explore religious thought with sermons, homilies, liturgies, and commentaries.

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Key Features

  • Includes over 25,000 primary-source texts
  • Spans from 1461 to 1683
  • Provides insight into sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature, politics, and culture

Product Details

  • Title: Library of Early English History
  • Documents: 25,368
  • Series: EEBO-TCP: Early English Books Online
  • Publisher: Text Creation Partnership
  • Resource Type: Historical Documents
  • Topic: Early English History and Literature

Please Note

This large collection of texts is batch-processed from high-quality transcriptions created as part of an academic archival process. The large number of texts, and the smaller market for each individual text, means that Noet cannot yet give individual attention to each document the way we do for most Noet Editions. The batch-processing will tag Bible references present in standard formats and perform limited tagging, but most texts will not get individual attention or editorial work. You will find untagged references, antiquated spelling, and literal presentation of archaic conventions in writing and typesetting. In time we hope to revisit these texts (based on use and our continuing maintenance program) and add more tagging and editorial work.