Series One: The Papers of Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, 1593-1641, from Sheffield Archives
The Strafford archive provides a wealth of evidence on the tumultuous confrontation between King and Parliament leading up to the English Civil War. It includes:
- Correspondence and papers which reflect turning points in Wentworth's career, especially his appointments as Lord President of the Council of the North and as Lord Deputy of Ireland;
- Original letters featuring important topics for the Early Stuart period such as Yorkshire politics, recusancy, and the implementation of financial expedients like knighthood fines and ship money;
- Material on Church affairs and the influence of Archbishop Laud;
- Papers relating to Strafford's trial, which also include diurnal proceedings of both Houses of Parliament, November 1640-May 1641.