Primary Sources

Here is a list of primary sources from the Elizabethan period which you will find useful for researching Elizabeth I’s life, reign and Elizabethan times:-

Specific Events, People and Periods

British History Online, a wonderful collection of archives and primary sources, have collated some of their sources into specific topics to help researchers:-

The Ridolfi Plot

Sir Francis Drake

1587 Mary Queen of Scots

1588 Spanish Armada

Other Useful Stuff

One of my favourite historians, Dr John Guy, has an excellent website which is great for research and for students because he has essays for students plus transcripts of public lectures that he has done. See for details and in the top right hand corner you’ll see the “History Menu”.

11 thoughts on “Primary Sources

  1. What a wonderful resource! Wish I’d have had this ten years ago when researching. Your tenacity and patience is amazing at gathering all this together!

  2. This is wonderful! I have added it to my college research guide. I am the library Shakespeare/Elizabethan “expert” so resources like these are a treasure for me! Thanks!

  3. Wow. Thank you so much. I am using this to help me with a school project called national history day. Thanks again. Bye.

  4. Thank you so much for posting the primary sources! I’m writing an essay about the struggles between Elizabeth and her cousin Mary and you’ve honestly saved my life.

  5. Hello, do you know which (if any) of the sources above include opinions on why Elizabeth didn’t marry? Perhaps Elizabeth’s personal opinion on why she chose not to, or someone like Cecil’s view on why she wasn’t marrying/why she turned down offers?

    Thank you! Brilliant resources.

  6. Hi, these files are awesome and really helpful. i was wondering if someone could direct me to Queen Elizabeth’s or english noblemen’s negative view point on Queen Mary of Scotts. Any letter to which has quite some detail on their views about her?? thank you

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