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History 361 Course Guide: English History to 1688
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Leeds Castle, Kent, England, a Norman Fortress

built in 1119 by Robert de Crevecoeur

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Find Reference Sources: background information on a topic   back to top
Atlases   back to top

An Atlas of Anglo-Saxon England, University of Toronto Press, 1981.
Main Level, Reference: ATLAS 914.2 H551A

Atlas of British History, Dorset Press, 1985, c1968.
Main Level, Reference: ATLAS 911.42 G767A

Historical Atlas of Britain, Continuum, 1981.
Upper Level: 911 H629H

Oxford Atlas of Exploration, Oxford University Press, c1997.
Main Level, Reference: ATLAS 911 Ox2O


Dictionaries & Encyclopedias   back to top

For background information and definitions refer to the following library reference works:


The Age of Wars of Religion, 1000-1650: An Encyclopedia of Global Warfare and Civilization, Greenwood Press, 2006.

Main Level, Reference: R 909.07 N711A [2 vols]


Dictionary of the Middle Ages, Scribner, c1982-c1989.

Main Level, Reference: R 909.07 D561D [13 vols]

The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Anglo-Saxon England, Blackwell, 1999.
Main Level, Reference: R 942.01 B568B

  The Age of Wars of Religion, 1000-1650: An Encyclopedia of Global Warfare and Civilization [Two Volumes] (Greenwood Encyclopedias of Modern World Wars)

The Encyclopedia of Britain, Macmillan Pub. Co., 1993.
Main Level, Reference: R 941.003 G211E

Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2000.

Main Level, Reference: R 909.07 En19E [2 vols]

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance, Scribner’s, c1999.
Main Level, Reference: R 940.21 En19E [6 vols]

Encyclopedia of Society and Culture in the Medieval World, Facts on File, 2008.

Main Level, Reference: R 909.07 En19E2 [4 vols]

"Comprehensive A-Z coverage spanning time from the fall of Rome in 476 to the start of the Renaissance in 1500. Each entry includes a discussion of the topic from the perspective of the following centers of civilization: Africa, The Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and The Islamic World." Related entries include art, adornment, architecture, gender structures and roles, occupations, and textiles and needlework.


Medieval England: An Encyclopedia, Garland Pub., 1998.
Main Level, Reference: R 942 M468M

The Middle Ages : A Concise Encyclopaedia, Thames and Hudson, 1989.

Main Level, Reference: R 909.07 M584M

The Plantagenet Encyclopedia, Grove Weidenfeld, c1990.
Main Level, Reference: R 942.0303 P694P

Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History [First & second series], University of Nebraska Press, 1964- .

Upper Level: 901.92082 St94S [24 vols]


e-Reference Books   back to top

Dictionary of British History [CREDO Reference], Market House Books, Ltd., 1997.
Covers the history of Britain from Roman times to the present day, and also its overseas territories during British Rule. Attention is paid not only to English history but also to that of Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

The Companion to British History [CREDO Reference], Routledge, 2001.  
A comprehensive A-Z guide to the history of Britain and its peoples is for students.

The Kings and Queens of Britain [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2009.
Spans the Romano-British rulers of 55 BC to the present day House of Windsor. Generously illustrated with maps, photos, paintings, and genealogies, it contains a wealth of information on the rulers of Britain, including their policies, personalities, key dates, and legacies. Feature articles throughout the guide provide in-depth information on key royal topics, including Coronations, Regalia, the Tower of London, and - new to this edition - Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral.

Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World [CREDO Reference], Harvard College, 1999.
Comprehensive essays and encyclopedic entries on the history and culture of an era marked by the rise of two world religions, unprecedented political upheavals that remade the map of the known world, and the creation of art of enduring glory.

Oxford Companion to British History [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2009.
Covers all aspects of the history of Britain from 55 BC to the present day. Written by over 100 distinguished specialist contributors this source touches all aspects of British history: political, economic, social, military, people, events, and institutions.


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Oxford Companion to Scottish History [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2007.
Covers archaeology, climate, culture, languages, immigration, migration, and emigration. Multi-authored entries analyze key themes such as national identity, women and society, living standards, and religious belief across the centuries in an authoritative yet approachable way. The A-Z entries are complemented by maps, genealogies, a glossary, a chronology, and an extensive guide to further reading.


The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2007.


Other Reference Sources back to top

Gale Biography in Context [Thomson/Gale]
Biography in Context includes biographies from Gale reference books as well as full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals. Search for a person by name or personal facts [birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender] or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search.

Style Guides   back to top

Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, The University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Main Level, Reference: R 808.027 C432C

Suggestions for Paper Writers, Dr. Anita Gustafson, History Dept.

Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.

Find Library Materials   back to top


Use the online catalog to locate materials in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title,  keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              


  Crouch, David  
  Setton, Kenneth M.  
  Henry VIII, King of England, 1491-1547  
  Edward VI, King of England, 1537-1553  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of Subject Headings in THOMCAT related to early English history:

England--Civilization--To 1066



  Great Britain--Romans 6+

Great Britain--History


Great Britain--History--Anglo Saxon period, 449-1066

  Great Britain--History--Norman period, 1066-1154  
  Great Britain--History--Angevin period, 1154-1216  
  Great Britain--History--13th century  
  Great Britain--History--14th century  

Great Britain--History--Tudors, 1485-1603


Great Britain--History--Stuarts, 1603-1714


Great Britain--History--Civil War, 1642-1649




Stuarts, 1603-1714--Great Britain--History


Tudors, 1485-1603--Great Britain--History

  England--Church history--449-1066  
  England--Church history--1066-1485  
  England--Church history--16th Century  
  • The subject links below from the catalog lead to more books available for loan through PASCAL Delivers:
PASCAL Catalog items
  Great Britain--Romans 94
  Plantagenets 70
  Stuarts, 1603-1714--Great Britain History 670
  Tudors--Great Britain History 558
            See PASCAL Catalog search tips below...  




Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • Try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
plantagenet* AND chivalry

· Use OR between words to expand your search and
group words with parentheses:
(heraldry OR crest OR coat of arms) AND battle

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or
expand a term:
court* = courts, courtier, courtiers

· Use "quotation marks " around a phrase

to find the exact phrase:

"Roman Britain"

Try KEYWORD searching with THOMCAT, PASCALcat, & the library's article databases


PASCAL Catalog -If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, search this combined catalog of college & university libraries in South Carolina. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days.


PASCAL Catalog searching is similar to searching in THOMCAT. An added BONUS in THOMCAT is a pass-through from search results in THOMCAT to the same search results in PASCAL with one click on the PASCAL icon like the red box on the right.

The pass through is available on any search at any level:

  • A PC book you need is checked out? Click the PASCAL icon for other copies available in SC.

  • Need more items on a subject? PASCAL items on that subject are just a click away.

PASCAL Delivers SC's virtual academic library

This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for more info on searching and ordering. It's easy!


A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCALCAT.

Interlibrary Loan

You need to use Interlibrary Loan when:

  • a book you really need is not available at PC or through PASCAL Delivers
  • an article you need is not available at PC [you've already checked Journal Finder to see if the library has access to the journal for the date that you need]

ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Click ILL link above for instructions.

Find Media Materials: audio visuals in the PC Library   back to top
DVD, Video, CD   back to top

Search THOMCAT using the DVD/Video TAB or the CD Music TAB to find different media formats:

  • When searching for visual or film materials, choose the DVD/Video TAB, enter search keyword(s), then choose DVD or VHS (you cannot search both at the same time under this TAB).

DVD Examples (Click on the call # link for more information on item)

Edward II, Image Entertainment, 2005.
DVD 822.3 M344E

The Elizabethans, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2004.
DVD 391.009 El48E

Cromwell, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, [2003].
DVD 792.1 C88C

The Library has items in video format but no longer orders videos
unless VHS is the only format in which an item is available.
Videos are replaced by DVDs as they are requested
and become available.




  • When searching for audio or music materials choose the Music CD TAB and enter keyword(s).

CD Examples

Celtic Wanderers: The Pilgrim's Road, Dorian Recordings, [2001], p2000.
Lower Level, Movies & Music: CD 782.3 C332C
Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages -- Songs and music

Watkins Ale: Music of the English Renaissance, The Baltimore Consort, Dorian Recordings, 1991.
Lower Level, Movies & Music: CD 789.2 B217W

Songs, English



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Online Image Collections:

A collection of approximately 300,000 digital images of visual material from different time-periods, cultures, and disciplines derived from several source collections that are the product of collaborations with libraries, museums, photographic archives, publishers, slide libraries, and individual scholars.

New! CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online) [OCLC]

Contains fine art and decorative art from pre-history through contemporary works. All content is rights-cleared for educational use in the classroom or to illustrate papers, web projects and other assignments.

Web Gallery of Art
A virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture from 12th to mid-19th centuries, this site intended to be a free resource of art history primarily for students and teachers. It is a private initiative not related to any museums or art institutions, and not supported financially by any state or corporate sponsors while striving to use authentic literature and advice from professionals, to ensure the quality and authenticity of the content.




eBooks with images:

Bridgeman Art Library Archive [CREDO Reference], Bridgeman Art Library, 2008.
An outstanding archive of images drawn from collections throughout the world. Every subject, concept, style and medium is represented, from the masterpieces of national museums to the hidden treasures of private collections. Fine art as well as design, antiques, maps, architecture, furniture, glass, ceramics, anthropological artifacts and many others are featured in the collection.


Find Journal Articles: articles contain current info on a topic   back to top
Article Databases   back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  Search using terms dealing with your topic.


Academic Search Complete [EBSCOhost]  Scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.

Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Indexes articles, books and essays dealing with years 400-1700 (Middle Ages and Renaissance), Iter Italicum, International Directory of Scholars, Scholars of Early Modern Studies, International Directory of Renaissance and Reformation Associations and Institutes, Baptisteria Sacra: An Iconographic Index of Baptismal Fonts. Very few full-text articles, but an excellent journal index. Interlibrary Loan is an option for acquiring articles not available at the library.

JSTOR Arts & Sciences Collections I, II, & III contain an archive of full-text journals which are searchable through JSTOR. This collection is essential for history research as it indexes important history journals. The most current three to five year issues of the journals are not available in this archive as specified by the publishers in their agreements with JSTOR.





Project Muse
Current and recent volumes of core journals in the humanities and social sciences. See Muse titles indexed in
History. Titles with green arrow are part of PC’s full-text subscription. Articles from non-subscribed titles can be acquired through Interlibrary Loan.


Key Journals   back to top


Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
A peer-reviewed annual publication from the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA.

Early Medieval Europe
Provides information and debate on the history of Europe from the later Roman Empire to the eleventh century. Topics include archaeology, palaeography, literature, diplomacy, art, history, linguistics, as well as more traditional historical approaches.

Mediaeval Studies
Studies, texts, translations, reference works, and collections of articles relating to the history and culture of the Middle Ages.

Journal of Medieval History

devoted to all aspects of the history of Europe in the Middle Ages. Each issue comprises around four or five articles on European history, including Britain and Ireland, between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance. The Journal also includes review articles, historiographical essays and 'state of research' studies.


  About this Journal

Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe

Focuses on North-western Europe during the early medieval period (from the early 4th through 13th centuries).  We seek to foster dialogue between all scholars of this period across ethnic and disciplinary boundaries, including—but not limited to—history, archaeology, and literature pertaining to the period.

Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Scholarly studies on any aspect of late Medieval and Early Modern culture and society including art, literature, theatre, music, philosophy, theology and history.

Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies [print only, 1971-1995]

From Duke University Press.

Speculum: A Journal of Mediæval Studies
The oldest U.S. journal devoted exclusively to the Middle Ages. The primary geographic focus of the journal is on Western Europe, but Byzantine, Hebrew, Arabic, and Slavic studies are also included. There are no restrictions as to subject matter: the journal publishes articles and book reviews on any and all aspects of the Middle Ages, including art, history, literature, philosophy and theology, music, science, law, and economics.

Essays in Medieval Studies
Each volume has a thematic focus based on the theme or topic of the annual meeting of Illinois Medieval Association. Recent themes have included children and the family, medieval communities, and emotions in the Middle Ages.


Journal Finder   back to top

Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals, magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.

Library article databases are inter-connected by Journal Finder, which will lead you to the full-text of an article when available.

Web Sites   back to top
General Sources   back to top


British History Online [University of London & History of Parliament Trust]
A digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.

The Domesday Book Online
Also available in print for many shires of England
Upper Level, Circulating Collection:
333.3220942 D 712D [17 vols]

Encyclopaedia of the Celts [Knud Mariboe]

European History Primary Documents [European University Institute]

"A joint venture between various organizations within the European University Institute...this ambitious project attempts to create a single site compiling all digitized primary sources pertaining to European history. The various sites are arranged by nation, language, period, subject, and type of source, creating an easily usable index of digitized European primary sources. The site also features a search box that allows users to search all of the sites contained in the index." description from CHOICE Reviews Online 11/2010

History of the Monarchy [The official website of The British Monarchy]
Navigate using links on left.

The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies [Georgetown University]
Browse topics or search by category, subcategory, type of materials, and/or keyword.

Monarchs of Britain [Britannia History] from ACRL

The ORB [College of Staten Island, SUNY now hosting this site]
Site is migrating to new location and is under construction this summer. The ORB
Encyclopedia has a chronological arrangement, from Early, through High, to Late Medieval Periods, as well as coverage of religion & religious orders, language, and culture: art, literature, philosophy, women’s studies and more.

Mostly Medieval: Exploring the Middle Ages http://lii.org/images/clearpixel.gifhttp://lii.org/images/clearpixel.gif[Susan Wallace]
http://lii.org/images/clearpixel.gifInformation on heraldry, myths and legends, religion, medicine, and other aspects of life in Britain during the Middle Ages. The site includes a calendar of holy days and festivals, ballads with synopses, and clip art.
description from Librarians’ Internet Index

TimeRef   [Mark Needham]
http://lii.org/images/clearpixel.gifThis searchable site features timelines of events in Great Britain from 800 to 1499. "Maps show the locations of castles, abbeys, and cathedrals in England, Scotland, and Wales. Every person and building on this site has its own timeline and links to related subjects." Includes a glossary of terms, information on architectural styles, and three-dimensional images of buildings. Parts of the site do not display properly in Netscape.
description from Librarians’ Internet Index

Treasures From the National Archives http://lii.org/images/clearpixel.gifhttp://lii.org/images/clearpixel.gif[British National Archives]
http://lii.org/images/clearpixel.gifThe National Archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom spans 1000 years of British history, from Domesday Book of 1086 to government papers recently released to the public. View images of original documents and artifacts by theme or date, or browse the online exhibitions that cover a variety of historical topics and feature photos, original documents, and film clips.
description from Librarians’ Internet Index

Treasures in Full: Magna Carta http://lii.org/images/clearpixel.gifhttp://lii.org/images/clearpixel.gif[The British Library]
http://lii.org/images/clearpixel.gifOn this site you will find one of the British Library's two copies of Magna Carta, issued by King John's chancery in 1215. Also features background about this document that "established for the first time a very significant [English] constitutional principle: that the power of the king could be limited by a written grant," and an English translation of the Latin original.
description from Librarians’ Internet Index

Tudor History http://lii.org/images/clearpixel.gifhttp://lii.org/images/clearpixel.gif[Lara E. Eakins]
http://lii.org/images/clearpixel.gifIncredibly comprehensive and thorough site on English Kings Henry VII and VIII and Edward VI, and Queens Jane Grey, Mary I, and Elizabeth I. Also includes information on Henry VIII's wives; lists and biographies of important people in Tudor history; life in Tudor England; architecture; chronologies and glossaries; genealogical trees; primary sources (electronic texts and documents); and even Tudor humor. Numerous portraits, as well as pictures of architecture and maps.
description from Librarians’ Internet Index

Uniting the Kingdoms? 1066-1603 http://lii.org/images/clearpixel.gifhttp://lii.org/images/clearpixel.gif[British National Archives]
http://lii.org/images/clearpixel.gifThis exhibition looks at how the governments and people of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, and of England's French territories, interacted in politics, warfare, religion, trade and everyday life" during the Middle Ages. Includes maps, and a listing of the monarchs for Scotland, England, and France.
description from Librarians’ Internet Index



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