Stuarts Online is a rich resource, bringing cutting-edge scholarship on the Stuart era to a wider audience. By focusing on key moments, documents and artefacts, Stuarts Online brings this pivotal period of British political and cultural history to life, for teachers, students and the wider public.

The website contains twenty films – each centred on a key text or artefact – which explore the stories and personalities central to the history of Stuart Britain. The films are supplemented by lesson plansbiographies, timelines, and learning resources. Media products have been codeveloped and produced by Historyworks.

We found – especially in earlier research, on The Stuart Successions Project – that moments of succession brilliantly illuminate the key issues and conflicts of this remarkable period of history. Our films and associated materials look especially at such moments of crisis and transition. Use the discussion page to share ideas and ask questions to the expert team at Stuarts Online.

Stuarts Online is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and developed by the universities of Exeter and Oxford in partnership with the Ash­molean Museum, the Bodleian Library, the Historical Association, and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust









BBC Defoe Season: Defoe and the Stuarts

BBC Radio 4 are currently running a series of programmes about the author Daniel Defoe, who is best known for his novels such as Robinson Crusoe (1719). But Defoe was also one of the most important political writers of the later Stuart period. Indeed, thinking about Defoe’s life and career helps us understand the political…