Great Resources: HeinOnline – Statutes of the Realm

heinonline-logoThis twentieth installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

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 and select HeinOnline.

To read up on other HeinOnline digital collections, see our coverage of the Congress and the Courts collection, the History of Supreme Court Nominations collection, the Session Laws Library/State Statutes: A Historical Archive, the U.S. International Trade Library, the Children’s Law Journal, the Intellectual Property Law Collection, the State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, the American Indian Law Collection, the World Constitutions Illustrated collection, the Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Parts I and II collection, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, the American Law Institute Library, and History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III.

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