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Sensational Sources

What does it say?

Reading history

You can visit the National Archives in Kew and have a look at original historical documents from the time of the Civil War (or you can look at some on this website). However, a lot of the documents are hard to read. They are hundreds of years old and the writing has faded. Plus the way people wrote then was a bit different to now. They had different ways of expressing ideas and they had different ways of spelling words too.


We’ve given you some help to get to grips with these sources.

Firstly though, why not try and read some of the original document itself before you click on the help features?

What does this document say?

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SP16.415.47; criminal requests to join the army, 1639