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His 378W - Inquisition and Witchhunt - Newman

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Primary sources are objects produced by participants or direct observers of an event or time period. These objects may be created or recorded during the event or later on by a participant reflecting on the event. In some cases, it will be difficult to obtain the original source, so you may have to rely on copies (photocopies, microfilm, digital copies). Copies or transcriptions of a primary source are considered primary sources in most cases. Some types include:

  • Speeches, transcripts of speeches
  • Trials
  • Government documents, Legal documents
  • Public opinion polls
  • Letters, correspondence, diaries, interviews, memoirs, autobiographies, and oral histories
  • Images, photographs
  • Contemporary newspaper articles
  • Works of art 
  • Architectural works
  • Archaeological findings

    These words, or the word "sources" with your topic word or phrase, can be used to search Library catalogs, databases, and other tools to locate Primary Sources.  

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Digitized manuscripts

Searchable by century or with the entire corpus, digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government.

Unsubscribed content only.  A collection of nearly 1300 volumes of primary and secondary content relating to British and Irish history, and histories of empire and the British world.

Slow to load, important printed books from the Renaissance and early modern period.  Choose magnified view to help you see the details of pages. You will also find supporting material by scholar experts. 

Over 3,000 titles documenting the history of the Inquisition and the persecution of witchcraft, primarily in Europe.

  • Gallica: the BnF digital library (Parts of interface in French, English, German, and Italian)
    Scanned manuscripts from La Bibliothèque nationale de France et de ses partenaires. 

  • Inquisitio : manuscript and print sources for the study of Inquisition History (Notre Dame Collection)
    The collection consists of several hundred items, from printed volumes to unique manuscripts and images, all bearing some relationship to the general theme of "inquisition." For the most part the documents were produced by the Spanish inquisition or its critics, though several pieces also relate to other regions.

Full text digital archive enabling you to cross search, view and download over 460,000 texts published in the late C15th to the long C19th from four key collections.  Not all texts available from this platform:

Early English Books Online (EEBO) (1473-1700)

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) (1701-1800)

65,000 British Library 19th Century texts (BL) (1789-1914)

UK Medical Heritage Library (UKMHL) (1800s-1900s)

Books, ebooks

Online Sources of Medieval texts in translation

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