One of the project’s main outputs will be an anthology of succession literature, co-edited by Andrew McRae and John West. It will be published by Manchester University Press. The anthology will present annotated texts of works about all the Stuart successions, as well as works about the Cromwellian accession and succession of the 1650s. As well as introducing researchers to the great variety of succession literature produced throughout the seventeenth century, it will make a great deal of important but hitherto neglected material available to teachers and students of early modern literature and history at university and school level. A list of contents is given below. The anthology will also include a substantial introduction and will be generously illustrated with a variety of images from across the Stuart period.


James I

A Proclamation Declaring the Undoubted Right of our Soveraigne Lord King James, to the Crown of the Realms of England, France and Ireland (1603)

Richard Niccols, ‘A True Subjects Sorowe, for the Losse of his Late Soveraigne’ (1603)

Michael Drayton, To the Majesty of King James (1603)

Sir John Davies, The Kings Welcome (1603)

Ben Jonson, ‘Panegyre’ (1604)

A New Song to the Great Comfort and Rejoicing of all True English Hearts  (1603)

[extract from] Thomas Dekker, et al., The Magnificent Entertainment (1604)

[extract from] The Kings Majesty’s Speech, as it was Deliuered by Him in the Upper House of the Parliament (1603)


Charles I

James Shirley, ‘Upon the Death of King James’ (1625)

[extract from] John Donne, The First Sermon Preached to King Charles (1625)

[extract from] A True Discourse of all the Royal Passages, Tryumphs and Ceremonies, Observed at the Contract and Marriage of the High and Mighty Charles, King of Great Britaine, and the Most Excellentest of Ladies, the Lady Henrietta Marie of Bourbon (1625)

[extract from] George Eglisham, The Forerunner of Revenge. Upon the Duke of Buckingham, for the Poisoning of the Most Potent King James of Happy Memory (1626)

William Drummond of Hawthornden, ‘Caledonia’s Welcome’ (1633)



[extract from] Mercurius Politicus, 184 (16-22 December 1653: announcement of Cromwell as Lord Protector)

Andrew Marvell, The First Anniversary of the Government Under O.C. (1655)

‘The Character of a Protector’ (1654)

[extract from] The Publick Intelligencer, 152 (22-29 November 1658: Cromwell’s State Funeral)

John Dryden, ‘Heroic Stanzas Consecrated to the Glorious Memory of His Most Serene and Renowned Highnes Oliver Late Lord Protector of this Common-Wealth’ (1659)

The World in a Maze, Or, Oliver’s Ghost (1659)


Charles II

Charles II, The Declaration of Breda (1660)

[extract from] John Milton, The Ready and Easy Way to Establish a Free Commonwealth (1660)

[extract from] Samuel Pepys, Diary (account of Charles’s arrival in England)

Martin Parker, The King Enjoys His Own Again (1660)

John Dryden, Astraea Redux (1660)

Rachel Jevon, Exultationis Carmen. To the Kings Most Excellent Majesty Upon His Most Desired Return (1660)

John Crouch, The Muses Joy for the Recovery of that Weeping Vine Henrietta Maria (1660)

Edmund Waller, On St James’s Park as Lately Improved by His Majesty (1661)


James II

John Dryden, Threnodia Augustalis (1685)

James II, A Declaration of His Most Sacred Majesty, King James II. To All His Loving Subjects in the Kingdom of England (1685)

Elinor James, To the Kings Most Excellent Majesty. The Humble Petition of Elinor James (1685)

William Penn(?), Tears Wiped Off (1685)

[extract from] Francis Turner, A Sermon Preached Before Their Majesties King James II and Queen Mary, at Their Coronation (1685)

Englands Royal Renown, in the Coronation (1685)

Aphra Behn, A Poem Humbly Dedicated to … Catherine Queen Dowager (1685)


William & Mary

[extracts from] John Evelyn, Diary (1688-89)

[extract from] Gilbert Burnet, An Enquiry into the Measures of Submission to the Supreme Authority (1689)

Aphra Behn, A Pindaric Poem to the Reverend Doctor Burnet (1689)

Elkanah Settle, ‘Britain’s Address to the Prince of Orange’ (1689)

On the Occasion of the Descent of … the Prince of Orange into England … A Pindarique Ode (1689)

The Protestants Ave Mary, On the Arrival of Her Most Gracious Majesty Mary, Queen of England (1689)

Thomas Shadwell, The Address of John Dryden, Laureate, to His Highness the Prince of Orange (1689)

A Letter from a Gentleman in the Country (1689)



Queen Anne, Her Majesty’s Speech to Both Houses (1702)

Englands Triumph (1702)

The English Muse: Or, a Congratulary Poem Upon Her Majesty’s Accession to the Throne of England (1702)

Albina, Or The Coronation (1702)

William Walsh, To the Queen on her Coronation Day (1706)

[extracts from] John Tutchin, The Observator (1702)