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Prehistoric
Ancient Tracks
http://www.ancienttracks.co.uk/
A lovely website full of photos of standing stones, stone circles, cairns, and other prehistoric monuments.

British Archaeology
http://www.britarch.ac.uk/ba/ba70/feat2.shtml

Earth Mysteries
http://witcombe.sbc.edu/earthmysteries/

Iron Age Hill Forts Discussion Group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hill_forts/
The goal of the group is to develop a database of all the hillforts and related settlements and structures in Britain.

Isle of Albion
http://www.isleofalbion.co.uk/
This is a photo-intensive site covering sites of various periods throughout Britain, though the emphasis seems to be on ancient/prehistoric sites. Great photography and wonderful descriptions.

Megalithic.co.uk
http://www.megalithic.co.uk/
Informative portal covering ancient sites in Britain.

Modern Antiquarian
http://www.themodernantiquarian.com

Northumberland Rock Art Site
http://rockart.ncl.ac.uk

Prehistoric Britain
http://www.prehistoric.org.uk

Stone Pages
http://www.stonepages.com
Loads of information on prehistoric Britain, with an emphasis on monuments, megaliths and standing stones. Free weekly e-mail newsletter covering the latest archaeological discoveries and news in the UK and worldwide.

Roman Britain
Armamentarium: The Book of Roman Arms and Armor
http://museums.ncl.ac.uk/archive/arma/index.htm
FAQ on Roman armor, glossary, bibliography and much more.

The History of Plumbing - Roman and English Legacy
http://www.plumbingworld.com/historyroman.html
This article is a lot more interesting than it sounds, and has lots of detail about the structure and functions of baths.

The Romans in Britain
http://www.romans-in-britain.org.uk
History, insights into Roman life, and links to a variety of Roman history sites and museums.

Wallnet - Hadrian's Wall Education Website
http://museums.ncl.ac.uk/WALLNET/Index.htm
Information on Hadrian's Wall, Senhouse, Brigantium, and Birdoswald, plus details on Roman artefacts in the Museum of Antiquities.

Anglo-Saxon/Viking
Anglo-Saxon Culture
http://www.georgetown.edu/labyrinth/subjects/british_isles/anglo-saxon/anglo-saxon.html
Lots of good material, including manuscripts, art and archaeology, living history links, etc., but unfortunately the page is no longer being maintained.

Anglo-Saxon England
http://itsa.ucsf.edu/~snlrc/britannia/anglosaxonengland.html
"Essays on the Anglo-Saxons in England, from their traditional arrival in AD 449 to the Norman Conquest in 1066."

Anglo-Saxon England
http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/prehistory/vikings/angsaxe.html
Articles on Anglo-Saxon England, with a special emphasis on King Cnut and the English Church: 1014 to 1035.

The Anglo-Saxon Resource Page
http://www.lauraloft.com/saxon/a-saxon.htm
A page of links to everything Anglo-Saxon, including history, culture, law, literature, King Arthur, translations, etc.

BBC History: Anglo-Saxons
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/anglo_saxons/index.shtml

The Complete Alfred the Great
http://www.ogdoad.force9.co.uk/alfred/alfredintro.htm
Pretty much everything you ever wanted to know about King Alfred, plus links.

Frank's Casket
http://www.franks-casket.de/
This analysis of a 7th century whalebone casket, includes lots of information about runes, runic magic, picture magic, etc.

Map of Anglo-Saxon England
http://www.georgetown.edu/faculty/ballc/oe/oe-map.html

Medieval and Anglo Saxon Recipes

NetSERF: The Internet Connection for Medieval Resources
http://www.netserf.org/
"NetSERF currently contains 1904 links to great sites, 782 news items, and 1499 glossary terms!!" THE place to start your medieval research.

Old English Pages
http://www.georgetown.edu/faculty/ballc/oe/old_english.html
Anglo-Saxon and Viking history, language resources, instructional materials, hypertexts and more.

Regia Anglorum
http://www.regia.org/
Hosted by a reenactment society, this is one of those websites that can keep a history buff occupied for days. It offers dozens of articles on life in the Anglo-Saxon and Viking period, including plenty of info on arms and armor.

The Ruin and Conquest of Britain 400 A.D. - 600 A.D.
http://www.cit.gu.edu.au/~sctwiseh/DECB/DECB.html
Detailed article with lots of links.

The Viking Age
http://lauraloft.com/viking/viking.htm
Links to everything Viking, including history, literature, culture, weapons, ships, recreation, etc.

Virtually Historical
http://www.virtuallyhistorical.com/index.ez
An interesting page that is somewhat confusing to navigate. It offers (apparently) 3D virtual panoramic tours of several historic sites, but clicking the recommended buttons didn't always seem to take one where promised. However, the site contains excellent articles on the Berth Hill Fort and the Roman town of Wroxeter. Go to http://www.virtuallyhistorical.com/downloads/1654_FPVirtualVistas.htm, click on the preferred link in the left column, then click on the links in the article.

Norman
The Bayeaux Tapestry
http://www.angelfire.com/rnb/bayeux_tapestry/index.html
A detailed history, analysis and examination of the tapestry, section by section.

Essential Norman Conquest
http://www.essentialnormanconquest.com/
"Essential Norman Conquest provides a day-by-day reconstruction of the days between William's landing at Pevensey and his victory at Hastings, and a dazzling combination of dynamic visuals and narrative bring the last successful invasion of England to life as never before."

The Norman Invasion and Conquest
http://www.lauraloft.com/norman/norman.htm
Links to everything relating to the Norman Conquest, including such topics as laws, swords, and more.

Medieval
Feudal Terms of England
http://eserver.org/langs/feudal-dictionary.txt
Extensive glossary of feudal/medieval terms.

Medieval England
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/Year%207.htm
Designed for students, but offers a wide variety of topics, including personalities and events and general topics (such as surnames, food, etc.)

Medieval History Net
http://www.medievalhistory.net/liber.htm
Interesting collection of information, including lore and legend, architecture, coins, historical events, music and video samples, etc.

Medieval Sourcebook: England
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/sbook1n.html
Vast collection of primary sources from Anglo-Saxon Britain to the end of the Wars of the Roses. Part of a larger site that also covers a variety of medieval topics, such as medieval law, church history, lives of the saints, etc.

Richard III Society (American Branch)
http://www.r3.org/
"Devoted to the study of King Richard III, last of the medieval English kings; the Wars of the Roses, a dynastic struggle in the later middle ages that pitted Yorkist against Lancastrian; fifteenth-century England and its culture; the reputation of Richard III in history, literature, and drama, especially Shakespeare." [Include under 15th c.]

Tudor & Elizabethan
The Elizabethan Costuming Page
http://costume.dm.net/

A General Study of the Plague in England 1539-1640
http://www.loughborough.co.uk/plague/

Life in Elizabethan England
http://renaissance.dm.net/compendium/index.html
Covering Games· food · Money · Religion · Language · Weddings · Masters & Servants · Occupations · The Peers · London · Fashion · Children · Household Management · Pastimes · Names · The Queen's Suitors · Education · Christmas ·Heraldry · Maps

Primary Sources: Eyewitness Accounts of People and Events in Tudor England
http://englishhistory.net/tudor/primary.html
Letters, accounts, journals, poetry, and other primary documents relating to the Tudor period, beginning with the death of Prince Arthur in 1502 and ending with the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1587.

Renaissance Sites
http://renaissance.dm.net/sites.html
Links to more than 100 Renaissance-related sites.

Time Line of the Tudor Monarchy
http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/STUDENTS/Bracewell/timeline.htm

Tudor and Elizabeth Portraits
http://www.tudor-portraits.com/
An interesting site if you're looking for collections of portraits of, say, Henry VIII (or his wives).

Tudor England
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/tudor_england.htm
Designed for students, but offers a wide variety of topics, including personalities and events and general topics.

Tudor England
http://www.suite101.com/topic_page.cfm/6820/2604
Links to Tudor writings, costume, history articles, music, needlework projects, society, "useful bits and pieces for historical writers," and more.

Tudor England
http://englishhistory.net/tudor/contents.html
Includes biographies, portraits, primary and secondary sources, quizzes, and links. Under construction is the "Life in Tudor England" section (http://englishhistory.net/tudor/tudorlife.html)

Tudor England: Images
http://www.marileecody.com/temporary/images.html
Collection of portraits of Tudor notables. Follow the links to "new pictures," Tudor nobility, etc.

Tudor History
http://www.tudorhistory.org/
Just what it says!

Tudor Links
http://www.tudorlinks.com/index2.html
A vast collection of links to Tudor-related topics (and other periods of history). Topic areas include general history, politics, military, textiles and costumes (this page includes most of history, not just the Tudor period), literature, and Tudor monarchs.

TudorLinks: Textiles and Costumes
http://www.tudorlinks.com/textiles.html
Links to articles and websites on costumes and textiles throughout history, including costumers.

Voice of the Shuttle: Renaissance & 17th Century
http://vos.ucsb.edu/browse.asp?id=2749
Extensive guide to authors, literature, and literary criticism of the period.

Stuart
Stuart England
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/stuart_england.htm
Designed for students, but offers a wide variety of topics, including personalities and events and general topics.

Civil War
The English Civil War
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/war/englishcivilwar/index.shtml

English Civil War Society
http://english-civil-war-society.org/public_html/index.html

Jacobean
Documents Illustrating Jacobite History
http://www.jacobite.ca/documents/

Georgian
The Georgian Index
http://www.georgianindex.net/fd/index.html
A highly visual collection of information on Georgian life, including such topics as tea, gardens, sport, places, architecture, banking, music, people... Each section has lots of useful images.

A Web of English History: The Age of George III (1760-1830)
http://www.historyhome.co.uk/c-eight/18chome.htm
This site is so packed with information that I couldn't begin to describe it. It focuses on historical events and personalities rather than "what life was like."

Regency
Historical Places and Faces from the Regency Period
http://it.uwp.edu/lansdowne/history.html

Letter Writing, Road Transport & the Mail in the extended 'Regency' period.
http://www.geocities.com/leisurewrite/regent.html
This site offers fascinating information on roads, mail coaches, and the history of the English postal system, but the high point of the site is its collection of actual Regency-period letters (with both an image of the original and a transcription).

Maiden Fair's Regency World
http://regencyworld.thefairkingdom.com/
A good overview of the Regency period, with information on protocol, women, the arts, fashion, etc.

Napoleonic Wars Series
http://www.wtj.com/wars/napoleonic/
Articles, original materials (correspondence, dispatches, etc.), gaming resources, links, FAQ, more.

Notes and illustrations on Regency clothing styles
http://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/ppbrokil.html

A Web of English History: The Peel Web (1809-1846)
http://www.historyhome.co.uk/peel/peelhome.htm
Amazing overview of political events during this period, including key personalities and popular movements.

The Regency Collection
http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~awoodley/Regency.html
Covers Regency literature and authors (including author bios), plus information on coaching, the military, Regency life, industry, recipes, laws, clubs, marriage, servants, Christmas... the list goes on and on! And if this isn't enough, check the exhaustive section of links for more.

Regency Fashion Page
http://locutus.ucr.edu/~cathy/reg3.html

A Regency Repository...
http://www.regencylady.com/repository/
"Of arts, literature, fashion, personalities, inventions, learning, the domestic arts, and matters military and political." A link site.

Empire (18th-20th century)
BBC History: The British Empire
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/state/empire/

The British Empire (18th-20th century)
http://www.britishempire.co.uk/intro/intro.htm
"This site is dedicated to analysing the history of the British Empire: The triumphs, the humiliations, the good that it brought and the bad that it inflicted." Includes timelines, maps, art and culture, articles, biographies, military information, a glossary, and a discussion section.

British Empire Gateway
http://www.ualberta.ca/~janes/EMPIRE.html
Links to journals, discussion lists, and sites relating to the history of the British Empire and Commonwealth.

Victorian
Charles Booth Online Archive: The survey into life and labour in London (1886-1903)
http://booth.lse.ac.uk/static/b/index.html
"The Charles Booth Online Archive allows users to search the catalogue of original notebooks, search a digital version of the Maps Descriptive of London Poverty, 1898-9, and view complete digital images of the 31 "police notebooks" from the survey."

Crimean Texts
http://www.crimeantexts.org.uk/
"Some documents of the Crimean War."

The Industrial Revolution and the Railway System
http://www.mtholyoke.edu/courses/rschwart/ind_rev/index.html
Includes scholarly papers, articles and engravings from The Illustrated London News, writings from literary figures, images, etc.

Internet Modern History Sourcebook: 19th Century Britain
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/modsbook20.html
Primary documents and links to other websites covering the period.

The London House: Life in Victorian London
http://www.thelondonhouse.co.uk
A glimpse of Victorian social and family life.

Monuments and Dust: The Culture of Victorian London
http://www.iath.virginia.edu/mhc/Archive/Texts/index.html
"The collection of texts includes the full text of works in many genres -- poems, memoirs, essays, newspaper articles, and prose fiction, chief among them -- and it also incorporates a wide diversity of excerpted pieces, chosen for their direct engagement with the condition of London." Includes many excerpts from The Times.

Mostly-Victorian.com
http://www.mostly-victorian.com
An archive of articles from Victorian magazines (including The Strand and the women's magazine Girl's Own Paper, covering just about every aspect of Victorian life, including fashion, cooking, housekeeping, servants, etiquette, history, royalty, Victorian travel, and much more.

Romantic Circles
http://www.rc.umd.edu/editions/
"The Romantic Circles Electronic Editions offers a searchable archive of texts of the Romantic era, enhanced by technology made possible in an online environment."

Victorian Art and Artists
http://www.speel.demon.co.uk/
"This website is dedicated mainly to 19th century British art, including Pre-Raphaelites and illustration, but more broadly Victorian and Edwardian paintings, sculpture, architecture and other arts."

Victorian Census Project: 1831 Census
http://www.staffs.ac.uk/schools/humanities_and_soc_sciences/census/vichome.htm
"The Victorian Census Project has now digitised the entire 1831 census for the whole of Great Britain and its offshore islands of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man."

A Victorian Christmas
http://www.victoriana.com/christmas/default.htm
Information on Victorian Christmas decorating, entertaining, cards, gifts, crafts, and children's activities.

The Victorian Dictionary
http://www.victorianlondon.org/
"A Guide to the Social History of Victorian London," covering everything from advertising to "words and expressions."

Victoria Research Web
http://VictorianResearch.org/
Links to primary documents, libraries, journals and more. Click on the "related resources" section at the end for a huge collection of links.

The Victorian Literary Studies Archive
http://lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~matsuoka/Victorian.html
A huge collection of links, with an emphasis on literature but also plenty of information on lifestyle, history, and other topics.

Victorian Medical Practices
http://www.warts.org/library/victorian-medical-practices.html
This is a useful site with lots of links to various topics relating to Victorian medicine, disease, practices and practioners, and scientific theories of the day.

Victorian Web
http://www.victorianweb.org/
Explore political and social history, gender issues, authors, philosophy, religion, science and technology, visual arts, designs, and links to a host of online resources. Probably the top Victorian information site online.

Victorian Web Sites
http://www.lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~matsuoka/Victorian.html
More than 300 links to Victorian topics, with a focus on arts and literature.

The Victorian Wedding
http://www.victoriana.com/bridal/bridal-welcome.htm
Click the "Study Center" link for articles and links on Victorian wedding customs.

Victorian Women Writers Project
http://www.indiana.edu/~letrs/vwwp/
"The goal of the Victorian Women Writers Project is to produce highly accurate transcriptions of works by British women writers of the 19th century. The works will include anthologies, novels, political pamphlets, religious tracts, children's books, and volumes of poetry and verse drama."

Victoriana.com Study Center
http://www.victoriana.com/library/direct.html
Articles and links covering the 19th century. "The Library covers a wide range of topics from a Queen's wardrobe to 19th C. Cake Recipes... from architecture to antique prints. 'Harper's Bazar Online' presents a collection of articles and illustrations from the 19th Century magazine. 'Behind Closed Doors' includes a seldom seen collection of articles about the darker side of Victorian 'private lives.'

Voice of the Shuttle: English Literature by Period: Victorian
http://vos.ucsb.edu/browse.asp?id=2751
Includes links to general resources, Victorian magazines, e-texts, and a host of Victorian novels and other writings.

20th Century (general)
The role of women in Great Britain: 1900 to 1945
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/women%201900_1945.htm
Designed for students; covers several significant women, suffrage, women at war, and "how to be a good wife" (from a 1955 pamphlet).

WWI & WWII
The Long, Long Trail
http://www.1914-1918.net/
The story of the British Army in the Great War of 1914-1918; covers army units, battlefields, "ordinary heroes," maps, statistics, war diaries, campaign maps, army life, terms and definitions and more.

World War I: Trenches on the Web
http://www.worldwar1.com/
"These pages contain information on the people, places, and events that comprised one of the worst calamities of modern history. Entire kingdoms were to vanish in the clash. The map makers of the world would be busy indeed!"

World War One
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/world_war_one.htm
Designed for students, but offers a great deal of information, including timelines, causes of the war, specific battles, important individuals, animals in WWI, women in WWI, propaganda, etc.

BBC WW2: People's War
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/
"A growing archive of wartime memories," where you can read first-hand accounts of WW2 or post your own story.

World War II History
http://www.ehistory.com/wwii/index.cfm

World War II Resources
http://www.ibiblio.org/pha/

World War Two
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/WORLD%20WAR%20TWO.htm
Designed for students, but offers a great deal of information, including timelines, causes of the war, specific battles, important individuals, etc.

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