Royal Historical Society Camden Series
The Royal Historical Society (and its predecessor body, the Camden Society) has since 1838 published editions of sources on British History. It is a very good collection of editions of sources and important unpublished texts for historians, with expert commentary, and many of the early volumes remain in regular use. The publication is on-going (two volumes per annum), and the volumes are currently published by Cambridge University Press. The series now comprises over 325 volumes.
Availability of electronic text
Over 325 volumes of the back list of Camden Society publications are now available on-line through Cambridge Journals Online, providing an extraordinarily rich conspectus of source material for British history as well as window on the development of historical scholarship in the English speaking world.
A number of volumes are freely available through British History OnLine.
Forthcoming Fifth Series volumes in 2014 - 2015
David Potter ed., A Knight of Malta at the court of Elizabeth I: the correspondence of Michel de Seure, French a,bassador 1560-2
This edition fills a notable gap in our knowledge of Anglo-French relations in the early Elizabethan period. During the 1560s, the reports of French ambassadors are only preserved in fragments and it has long been thought that nothing survived of the reports of Michel de Seure, ambassador from february 1560 to February 1562. De Seure's reports shed light on the difficulties of negotiating with Elizabeth I, her preoccupations in 1560-1 and French opinion on her policy. Documents in the appendices cover De Seure's dealing with the regime of the regent Mary or Lorraine in Edinburgh as well as his formulation of propaganda in response to Elizabeth's declarations concerning Scotland and France. The introduction seeks to set out his English embassy in the context of his formation, initially as a naval commander in Scotland and the Mediterranean, negotiating with the Turks and the Order of Malta and then as ambassador in Portugal. There is also a note on his subsequent career.
H. Kumarasingham ed., Constitution Maker: Select Writings of Sir Ivor Jennings
Sir Ivor Jennings (1903-65), Downing Professor of Law at Cambridge, was one of the 20th century's most famous and significant constitutional scholars and the author of numerous well-known texts. Beyond his prestigious roles in Britain, Jennings was also very influential internationally as an advisor on constitutional questions between the 1940s and 60s. This volume brings together for the first time previously unpublished letters, memoranda, diaries and confidential evaluations of constitutional issues, political elites and critical events in territories including Ceylon, Ethiopia, Gibraltar, India, Malta, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Rhodesia, Singapore, South Africa and Sudan. Also included are Jennings' candid and forthright assessments on Britain's constitutional influence abroad and his direct experience of constitution making. The introduction provides a guide to this English Professor's remarkable international role and his scholarly value. This collection sheds light not only on Jennings' work and influence, but also on British ideas about democracy and on institutions across the globe during the climactic era of decolonization.
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