The Interregnum period in Britain (1649 – 1660) can be hard to research. However times didn’t change that quickly in the seventeenth century. Examples from the Civil Wars and early Restoration periods can be useful too.
Here are some great links to seventeenth century evidence and other resource suggestions:
Princess Mary Stuart – Charles II’s sister
William, Prince of Orange – Mary’s son and Charles II’s nephew
The National Portrait Gallery, London – every time I’m in London, I try to spend some time in room 6, The English Civil War room.
Ciphers and codes in the letters of female spies – led by the brilliant Dr Nadine Akkerman
Female spies or ‘she-intelligencers’ – more on this academic project by Dr Akkerman
Everyday 17th century life
Vagabond dictionary – the language of thieves and cut-throats
The Sealed Knot events – these often have a Living History camp of followers who are really helpful. A big thank you to the surgeons who checked over one of my scenes for inaccuracies.
Coaching Inns in seventeenth century England by Deborah Swift
My Cavalier uniform – Sealed Knot re-enacter Thomas Zugic
The History of London by Walter Besant – Project Gutenberg
Historical fiction authors
Sandra Gullard – Louis XIV fiction
Hoydens and Firebrands – Roaring Ladies Who Write About The Seventeenth Century
Fun and Inspiration
Recycled Movie Costumes – Stuart and Georgian
Pavillon Henri IV – hotel in Saint-Germain-en-Laye near Paris
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