Published Date

January 1, 2004

From Teaching Difficult Legal or Political Concepts: Using Online Primary Sources in Writing Assignments (2004)

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Reviewed by Sue Patrick

This site provides some useful documents to those studying the English Civil War. The person who maintains the site portrays Luke Knowlton, a veteran of the wars in the Low Countries, who becomes the sergeant of artillery for Captain Roderic Hawkin’s Company of Sir Thomas Blackwell’s Regiment of Foote in the English Civil War.

The following is a list of the documents that appear in the site. These documents have been reproduced in a typed format that preserves the original spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and paragraphing.

  • His Majesties Declaration to the Ministers, Freeholders, Farmers, and substantiall Copy-holders of the County of York. (A June 1642 proclamation that gives King Charles’ position prior to his raising an army in Nottingham in August.)
  • The Kings Maiesties Alarum for Open War. (A pamphlet opposing King Charles’ plans to raise an army.)
  • England’s Oaths. (A 1642 publication containing the oaths of Supremacie and Allegiance and the late Protestation.)
  • True and Happy Newes from Worcester. (A Parliamentarian version of the Battle of Powick Bridge, September 1642.)
  • A Letter Sent from Sarient Maior Iohn Forbes from the King of Swethens Army. (An eyewitness version of the Battle of Breitenfeld, September 1631.)
  • Sachlisch Comfect or Saxon Sweetmeats for the Lion of the North. (A broadside that circulated throughout Germany before the Battle of Breitenfeld in 1631.)
  • 11 civilian ballads that have lyrics about London, the cobblers’ trade, Christmas, Quakers, and drinking, among other things.
  • 11 Royalist ballads that have lyrics about the Battle of Powick Bridge, soldiers’ lives, the failings of Roundheads and of Oliver Cromwell, and Christmas, among other things.
  • 1 Restoration ballad that praises General Monck for ending the Rump Parliament in 1660.

Also in the site are links to scholarly articles, bibliographies, and other web resources. The site was last updated in August 1998.

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