HeinOnline contains a database called “Statues of the Realm.” This database contains a historical archive of British statutes arranged in volumes from 1-11, and ranging from 1235-1713, or from the “Magna Carta to the End of the Reign of Queen Anne.” Most are not statutes as we understand them, as much as they are simply the orders of Kings and Queens of England. The earliest volume, beginning in the year 1235, starts with “Statutes of King Henry the Third”, and is written with two columns on each page, one in English and the other in Latin. One interesting section was in volume 3, in which Henry VIII dealt with his various marriage problems, particularly with Anne Boleyn, as well as his daughters’ statuses and the Order of Succession. The statutes of Queen Elizabeth I also contain interesting and useful resources. There was no standardized spelling of the English language at the time, so reading any of these very old materials takes some effort, but they provide invaluable resources. The materials may be browsed chronologically, searched by an alphabetical index and a chronological index, or the user may perform a keyword search within the database.
To access the Statutes of the Realm Collection, go to http://www.law.sc.edu/library/limited_access/ and select HeinOnline.