History and Twitter: Prof. Steve Murdoch and his Document of the Day

Danish Rigsarkiv, TKUA, England, AIII. Copy of a Journal of the English Parliament, 7 November 1640 - 24 July 1641

Danish Rigsarkiv, TKUA, England, AIII. Copy of a Journal of the English Parliament, 7 November 1640 – 24 July 1641

Prof. Steve Murdoch regularly uses twitter to engage with the public and to discuss interesting documents he has found in archives throughout Europe. Today, Wednesday 17 April, Prof. Murdoch posted an image of a particularly exciting document which immediately attracted considerable attention from across the world. Steve Murdoch writes:

“For my daily exercise to engage the historical brain, I post a ‘Document of the Day’ on Twitter. These are drawn from a substantial archive of digital images that I collected over a number of years (and from where no usage restriction exists). Today’s post was an extract from the Danish Rigsarkiv in Copenhagen. It is extracted from a daily journal of the events of the English Parliament in 1641. It appears to be a previously unknown document and has generated interest from a wide variety of scholars working in the field of English constitutional history and the British Civil Wars. The most exciting part for me is that it is indicative of what gems remain to be found in overseas archives, even for those working on well-worn British subjects.”

Steve Murdoch researches relations between early modern Britain and Northern Europe and heads up the Scotland and the Wider World Project based in the Institute of Scottish Historical Research. He can be found on Twitter @Prof_Murdoch

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