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 It is a very good collection of editions of sources and important unpublished texts for historians, with expert commentary, and many of the early volumes remain in regular use.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 2013 - 2014
Andrew Chandler and Charlotte Hansen eds., Observing Vatican II: The Confidential Reports of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative, Bernard Pawley, 1961-5
President De Gaulle famously called the Second Vatican Council 'the greatest event of the twentieth century'. Vatican II established a landmark not only in Roman Catholic theology. ethics and worship, but also in its ecclesiology and its ecumenical relationships with other traditions. Many commentators at the time saw the council as nothing short of revolutionary and the later judgments of historians have upheld this view. A defining dimension of Vatican II was the presence of a number of observers invited by John XXIII to represent other traditions and to report the workings of the Council to their own leaders. But is was often felt that they exerted influence too. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael Ramsey, employed a full-time representative at the Vatican Council, bernard Pawley, whose confidential reports and correspondence with Ramsey have often been quoted and have achieved a considerable stature in the eyes of scholars. This book makes them available to scholars, the churches and the interested public at large.
Gemma Allen ed., The Letters of Lady Anne Bacon
The letters of the learned and indomitable Lady Anne bacon (1528-1610), mother of the philosopher Francis Bacon, are made accessible for the first time in this edition. Bringing together nearly two hundred letters, scattered in repositories throughout the world, her correspondence sheds fresh light not only on the activities of early modern elite women, but also on other well-known Elizabethan figures, including her children, her privy councillor relatives, such as William Cecil, Lord Burghley, and controversial figures, including the earl of Essex. Translations of Lady Anne's frequent use of Latin, Greek and hebrew reveal the impact of her humanist education on her correspondence and a substantial introductory chapter allows a detailed picture of Anne's life to emerge through her surviving letters.
Published Fifth Series volumes in 2012-2013
Geoffrey Hicks, John Charmley, Bendor Grosvenor, eds., Documents on Conservative Foreign Policy, 1852-1878
This volume publishes extracts from over 500 primary documents, with detailed introduction and thorough editorial commentary, relating to the foreign policy of a succession of British Conservative governments in the nineteenth century. It examines the three minority administrations of the fourteenth Earl of Derby (1852; 1858-9; 1866-8) and the two governments led by Benjamin Disraeli (1868; 1874-80). It concludes with the resignation of the fifteenth Earl of Derby as Foreign Secretary in 1878.
John Fielding ed., The Diary of Robert Woodford, 1637-1641
Woodford's diary, here published in full for the first time with an introduction, provides a unique insight into the puritan psyche and way of life. Woodford is remarkable for the sheer consistency of his worldview, interpreting all experience through the spectacles of godly predestinarianism. His journal is also a fascinating source for the study of opposition to the Personal Rule of Charles I and its importance in the formation of Civil War allegiance, demonstrating that the Popish Plot version of politics, held by parliamentary opposition leaders in the 1620s, had by the 1630s been adopted by provincial people from the lower classes. Woodford went further than some of his contemporaries in taking the view that, even before the outbreak of the Bishops' Wars, government policies had discredited episcopacy altogether, and cast grave doubt on the king's religious soundness. Conversely, he regarded parliament as the seat of virtue and potential saviour of the nation.
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