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Early modern (1485–1714)

Delve into records from a period that covers the Tudor, Stuart and English Civil War eras. Discover stories of treason, conflict and seismic religious upheaval, including some of the most famous moments in history, like the Gunpowder Plot and the Reformation.

Stories from the collection

The story of John Blanke

Read about John Blanke

John Blanke was a trumpeter at the courts of Henry VII and Henry VIII. He is one of the earliest people of colour in England we have records about.