The Stuarts, 1603-1714

1. General sites. 7. Oliver Cromwell.
2. James I. 8. Charles II.
3. The Gunpowder Plot. 9. The Great Plague.
4. Witchcraft. 10. The Great Fire of London.
5. Charles I. 11. James II.
6. The Civil War. 12. The Glorious Revolution.

 

 

General sites

www.royal.gov.uk
**** A great government site on the history of the monarchy.  Flashy graphics and useful biographies.

The Meaning of the Union Flag
*** An informative lesson about how and why the UK flag is like it is.

Animated Timeline
***** A great site from the BBC - use the animated interactive timeline to find out more about British monarchy.  Select from the menu - Plantagenets, Tudors & Stuarts, Hanoverians, Windsors.  Click on the portraits for further choices, information and diagrams.

BBC History - the Stuarts homepage
***** Loads of interesting articles, games and multimedia stuff. 

History Learning Site: Stuarts pages
*** Easy-to-understand and well-organised information on life in Stuart England to about 1670.

Spartacus 'Making of the United Kingdom 1485-1715' pages
*** A vast compendium of biographies and sources covering the whole Tudor and Stuart period - particularly good for A-level.

 

James I, 1603-25

Animated Timeline
***** A great site from the BBC - use the animated interactive timeline to find out more about British monarchy.  Select from the menu - Plantagenets, Tudors & Stuarts, Hanoverians, Windsors.  Click on the portraits for further choices, information and diagrams.

BBC History: James I
** A good starting point for finding out more about the man called "the wisest fool in Christendom": follow the links to others sections on the Gunpowder plot, the Ulster plantation etc.

 

 

The Gunpowder Plot, 1605

Find the Gunpowder game!
***** A brilliant game from the BBC - search the cellars of Parliament and find the gunpowder before the whole place blows up!

Bonfire Night - The Gunpowder Plot
*** An informative site about the plotters, the different theories about what happened and the traditions associated with Bonfire Night that have grown up since.

Gunpowder Plot - info page
** A simple summary of the facts provided by the excellent History Learning Site.

Read Guy Fawkes' confession
** on display at the Public Records Office 'Virtual Museum'

 

Witchcraft

The Pendle Witches
**** A brilliant website devoted to one of England's most famous witch trials in Pendle, Lancashire, 1612.  Packed with info, pictures and full transcripts of the main 'confessions' of some of the women who were later hanged.

The European Witchcraze
Quite difficult text,  but some relevant information and good pictures.

Salem
An atmospheric presentation of the witchcraft hysteria in Salem, USA (1692) from the National Geographic.

 

Witchchraft pictures

Use these pictures in your project to save time looking on the internet

 

 

 

 

 

Charles I, 1625-49

National Archives: Civil War exhibition
***** An impressive array of video clips, sources, and other activities - worth a look.

Royal Website: Charles I

** Read a detailed account of Charles I's life and execution.

History Learning Site: Charles I
** Read a simpler account from the excellent History Learning Site.

Read an original account of his trial
** see the original document and read a transcript at the Virtual Museum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Civil War, 1642-49

How did people choose sides?
*** A detailed and interesting written account from the BBC.

The Sealed Knot
*** A society which organises battle re-enactments.  Their homepage has lots of useful information about the civil war.

Civil War Site
*** Another useful site - easy to understand with good pictures and explanations of the weaponry and tactics used in the war.

History Learning Site: Civil War pages
*** More straight-forward explanation and detail from the History Learning Site.

 

 

 

 

 

Oliver Cromwell

www.olivercromwell.org
**** An excellent site with detailed information about Cromwell and a fascinating on-line gallery of pictures and statues of the man.  Loads to explore.

History Learning Site: Cromwell

** This focuses on life in England during the interregnum.

 

 

 

 

 

Charles II, 1660-1685

Sex, Lice and Chamber Pots
**** An amusing guide to life in London in Samuel Pepys' day (from the BBC)

Charles II - A biography
** Part of the brilliant Spartacus website.

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Plague, 1665


History Learning Site: The Plague

** A useful summary of what happened.

Fling the Teacher - plague game
***** Have fun and test your knowledge!

 

 

 

The Great Fire of London, 1666

London - before and after the fire
**** Load up this cool animation from the BBC and compare London's skyline before and after the Great Fire.

History Learning site: The Great Fire
** Read a good summary of what happened.

Watch London burn!
**** Channel 4's informative and visual site - you can watch while London burns, too! You will need to register to watch this film.

 

 

 

James II, 1685-88

BBC Biography: James II
** Read all about his life and short reign.

 

The Glorious Revolution, 1688

King Billy: Hero or Bigot?
**** An extensive BBC site in the style of a newspaper, full of activities and weblinks to follow.