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image of the commonwealth roomOur collection includes publications of  

  • the governments of the United Kingdom, the Irish Republic, members of the Commonwealth, and some of the foreign countries;
  • more than fifty intergovernmental organisations including the United Nations and its specialist agencies, and the European Union.


State Papers Online Part II : The Tudors 1509-1603 Papers Foreign, Scotland, Borders, Ireland and Registers of the Privy Council

Cambridge University now has access to Part II of State Papers Online, containing 340,000 facsimile manuscript documents linked to fully-searchable Calendar entries for this period. Part II comprises the State Papers in the series State Papers Scotland, Borders, Ireland, Foreign as well as the Registers of the Privy Council and selected State Papers in the British Library’s Cotton, Harley and Yelverton Collections. With Part I, these complete the reign of the Tudors in State Papers Online.

Key themes in Part II include:

  • Mary, Queen of Scots: captivity, trial and execution
  • French wars of Religion between Catholics and Huguenots (1562 – 98)
  • 1541 Act raising Ireland into a Kingdom annexed to the Crown of England
  • Henry VIII’s ‘rough wooing’ of Scotland
  • England’s defeat of Philip II of Spain’s Grand Armada in 1588
  • Beginning of 80-year war between Spain and the Netherlands in 1566
  • England’s relations with many other countries
  • Letters to and from the English agents in Scotland
  • Extents and valors of the possessions of dissolved religious houses in Ireland, and those attainted of high treason, including Gerald, Earl of Kildare (1540 – 1583)

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Head of Department: Mr W.A. Noblett
Deputy Head of Department: Miss A. Leonard
Library Assistants: Mrs A. Toseland, Mr P. Freeman, Mrs R. Taylor