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England 1200-1640 : Sources of History - G. R. Elton

England 1200-1640

Sources of History

Paperback Published: 27th December 1976
ISBN: 9780521291521
Number Of Pages: 256

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In the year 1200, the English Government initiated regular series of record-archives; in 1640, the fall of Charles I's personal government led to the abolition of several central offices and their archives. These events, which both profoundly altered the state of the evidence for the historian, therefore set the limits of this book. For though those 450 years must be studied from a great variety of sources, to the historian they constitute above all the period for which he depends overwhelmingly on official records of all kinds. The core of this book, therefore, is an analysis and description of such materials - their origin, present state and usefulness. However, other materials are not ignored, from the chronicles which provide the main outline of the history that can be known, through the records of the law, private letters (almost non-existent before 1450, suddenly plentiful after 1550) and estate documents, to less familiar historical sources like books, buildings and landscape, and the contribution of the archaeologist.

Official Records: The State
Official Records: The Church
Official Records: Lesser Authorities
Private Materials
The Law
Books and Writings
Non-Documentary Sources
English History 1200-1640
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ISBN: 9780521291521
ISBN-10: 0521291526
Series: Sources of History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 27th December 1976
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.33