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Historical texts

Choose an item to start finding out about these iconic historical documents.

Lady Jane Grey's Prayer Book

The book the young queen took to the scaffold

Bede’s History

The first great English historical writer

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

First history of England written in English

Magna Carta

Cornerstone of liberty written in 1215 - but what does it say?

Elizabeth I’s letter

The power struggles of the Tudor dynasty revealed

The East India Company

The beginnings of British colonial expansion

Nelson’s Memorandum

How the Battle of Trafalgar was won in 1805

Florence Nightingale’s letters

Describing appalling conditions during the Crimean War

Ultimatum to the German Government

Following the invasion of Poland in September 1939

Captain Scott's Diary

Story of the Antarctic expedition, 1911-12

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