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June 2009

New Timeline Function on BHO

Jonathan Blaney, 30 June 2009

We are pleased to announce a new monarchs timeline function for British History Online. This is a compact way of displaying all relevant series for a particular monarch; it will enable our users to see at a glance the periods covered by the given volumes in a series and, additionally, to drag the timeline forward and backwards in time.

At the lowest level is a compressed timeline, divided into decades, with a representation of the density of coverage on BHO. In the main body of the timeline the reign is indicated by a red line, while the BHO volumes are shown as green lines. Click on any green line to get a summary of that volume's contents and a link directly to the volume. At the top some of the key events of the reign are shown as green boxes. Click on any box for more information about the event in question.

To scroll simply drag the timeline. For example, to move forwards in time click on the timeline and drag to the left. Or use your mouse's scroll wheel to move back and forth. We plan to add more timelines in the future, but to see all of our current timelines go to our Periods page and choose a monarch. Alternatively try the Henry VIII timeline here:

Cecil Papers

Jonathan Blaney, 10 June 2009

The Calendar of the Cecil Papers Preserved in Hatfield House is now live. These 24 volumes cover the papers of the leading political family of Elizabethan and Jacobean England. William Cecil, Lord Burghley, was chief advisor to Elizabeth I, and his son Robert was Secretary of State to both Elizabeth and James I. Unusually, these state papers have remained in the family archives at Hatfield House. Among other highlights, this calendar covers the Casket Letters attributed to Mary, Queen of Scots and material relating to the Gunpowder Plot. Read the whole series here: