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University of Toronto - Robarts Library

The John P. Robarts Research Library, commonly referred to as Robarts Library, is the main humanities and social sciences library of the University of Toronto Libraries and the largest individual library in the university.

Opened in 1973 and named for John Robarts, the 17th Premier of Ontario, the library contains more than 4.5 million bookform items, 4.1 million microform items and 740,000 other items.

The library building is one of the most significant examples of brutalist architecture in North America. Its towering main structure rests on an equilateral triangular footprint and features extensive use of triangular geometric patterns throughout.

It forms the main component of a three-tower complex that also includes the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library and the Claude Bissel Building, which houses the Faculty of Information. The library's imposing appearance has earned it the nickname of Fort Book.

Comprising fourteen storeys, plus two underground floors, the brutalist and futurist structure features raised podia and a suspended fourth floor. A mezzanine level physically connects Robarts Library to the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library building at its southeastern side, and to the Claude Bissel Building, housing the Faculty of Information, at its northeastern side.

The concrete waffle slab floor plates are adorned with triangular-patterned tessellation. A hexagonal central circulation atrium is enclosed at the core of the building and through the middle of the mezzanine level. The gross area of the building is over 1,036,000 square feet.


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University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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Topics: Canada -- History To 1763 (New France), genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918
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Pt. 2. Germany
Topics: Germany -- History 1806-1918, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by McCarthy, Justin, 1830-1912
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v. 1. Before the Reform bill.--v. 2. From the Reform bill to the present time
Topics: Great Britain -- History 19th century, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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Topics: Canada -- History To 1763 (New France), genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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Topics: Canada -- History To 1763 (New France), genealogy
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Topics: England -- History 1603-1714 Stuart, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Winbolt, S. E. (Samuel Edward), 1868-1944; Bell, Kenneth; Bewsher, Fred William; Edwards, Alfred Cecil Wall; Esdaile, Arundell James Kennedy, 1880-1956; Esdaile, Katharine Ada; Gretton, R. H. (Richard Henry), 1874-; Harding, Ewing; Locke, A. Audrey (Amy Audrey), d. 1916; Bell, Kenneth; Perrett, George Burr; Toyne, Stanley Mease; Wallis, John Eyre Winstanley, b. 1886; Munro, James F
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[Vol. 1] Wallis, J.E.W. The welding of the race. ("449"-1066)- [Vol. 3] Toyne, S.M. The Angevins and the Charter. (1154-1216)- [Vol. 5] Locke, A.A. War and misrule. (1307-1399)- [Vol. 7] Bewsher, F.W. The Reformation and the Renaissance. (1485-1547)- [Vol. 8] Esdaile, A.J.K. The Age of Elizabeth. (1547-1603)- [Vol. 9] Bell, Kenneth. Puritanism and liberty. (1603-1660)- [Vol. 10] Perrett, G.B. A constitution in making. (1660-1714)- [Vol. 11] Esdaile, K.A. Walpole and Chatham....
Topics: England -- History Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by McCarthy, Justin, 1830-1912
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v. 1. Before the Reform bill.--v. 2. From the Reform bill to the present time
Topics: Great Britain -- History 19th century, genealogy
Topics: Puritans, Great Britain -- Church history, New England -- History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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Topics: Cabinet system, Great Britain -- History Stuarts, 1603-1714, Great Britain -- History 1714-1837,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Church, Alfred John, 1829-1912
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Topics: Henry V, King of England, 1387-1422, Great Britain -- History Henry V, 1413-1422, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Sandars, Mary Frances, 1864-
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Bibliography: p. xvii-xviii
Topics: Mary II, Queen of England, 1662-1694, Great Britain -- History William and Mary, 1689-1702,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Winbolt, S. E. (Samuel Edward), 1868-1944; Bell, Kenneth; Bewsher, Fred William; Edwards, Alfred Cecil Wall; Esdaile, Arundell James Kennedy, 1880-1956; Esdaile, Katharine Ada; Gretton, R. H. (Richard Henry), 1874-; Harding, Ewing; Locke, A. Audrey (Amy Audrey), d. 1916; Bell, Kenneth; Perrett, George Burr; Toyne, Stanley Mease; Wallis, John Eyre Winstanley, b. 1886; Munro, James F
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[Vol. 1] Wallis, J.E.W. The welding of the race. ("449"-1066)- [Vol. 3] Toyne, S.M. The Angevins and the Charter. (1154-1216)- [Vol. 5] Locke, A.A. War and misrule. (1307-1399)- [Vol. 7] Bewsher, F.W. The Reformation and the Renaissance. (1485-1547)- [Vol. 8] Esdaile, A.J.K. The Age of Elizabeth. (1547-1603)- [Vol. 9] Bell, Kenneth. Puritanism and liberty. (1603-1660)- [Vol. 10] Perrett, G.B. A constitution in making. (1660-1714)- [Vol. 11] Esdaile, K.A. Walpole and Chatham....
Topics: England -- History Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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Topics: France. Marine, Sea-power, France -- History Consulate and First Empire, 1799-1815, France --...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Simon, John Smith, 1843-1933
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Topics: Wesley, John, 1703-1791, Methodism, England -- Ecclesiastical history, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Oman, Charles William Chadwick, Sir, 1860-1946
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Topics: Great Britain -- History 19th century, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Gardiner, Samuel Rawson, 1829-1902
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v. 1. From the earliest times to the death of King Edward VII, B.C. 55-A.D. 1509.--v. 2. From the earliest times to the death of King Edward VII, A.D. 1509-1689.--v. 3. From the earliest times to the conclusion of the Great War, A.D. 1689-1919
Topics: Great Britain -- History Compends, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Gardiner, Samuel Rawson, 1829-1902
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v. 1. From the earliest times to the death of King Edward VII, B.C. 55-A.D. 1509.--v. 2. From the earliest times to the death of King Edward VII, A.D. 1509-1689.--v. 3. From the earliest times to the conclusion of the Great War, A.D. 1689-1919
Topics: Great Britain -- History Compends, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Lee, Frederick George, 1832-1902
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Topics: Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603, Church of England, Great Britain -- Church history,...
Topics: Puritans, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Winbolt, S. E. (Samuel Edward), 1868-1944; Bell, Kenneth; Bewsher, Fred William; Edwards, Alfred Cecil Wall; Esdaile, Arundell James Kennedy, 1880-1956; Esdaile, Katharine Ada; Gretton, R. H. (Richard Henry), 1874-; Harding, Ewing; Locke, A. Audrey (Amy Audrey), d. 1916; Bell, Kenneth; Perrett, George Burr; Toyne, Stanley Mease; Wallis, John Eyre Winstanley, b. 1886; Munro, James F
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[Vol. 1] Wallis, J.E.W. The welding of the race. ("449"-1066)- [Vol. 3] Toyne, S.M. The Angevins and the Charter. (1154-1216)- [Vol. 5] Locke, A.A. War and misrule. (1307-1399)- [Vol. 7] Bewsher, F.W. The Reformation and the Renaissance. (1485-1547)- [Vol. 8] Esdaile, A.J.K. The Age of Elizabeth. (1547-1603)- [Vol. 9] Bell, Kenneth. Puritanism and liberty. (1603-1660)- [Vol. 10] Perrett, G.B. A constitution in making. (1660-1714)- [Vol. 11] Esdaile, K.A. Walpole and Chatham....
Topics: England -- History Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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Topics: Canada -- History To 1763 (New France), genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Gardiner, Samuel Rawson, 1829-1902
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v. 1. From the earliest times to the death of King Edward VII, B.C. 55-A.D. 1509.--v. 2. From the earliest times to the death of King Edward VII, A.D. 1509-1689.--v. 3. From the earliest times to the conclusion of the Great War, A.D. 1689-1919
Topics: Great Britain -- History Compends, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Lecky, William Edward Hartpole, 1838-1903
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Topics: Great Britain -- Civilization, Great Britain -- Social life and customs, Great Britain -- Politics...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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Topics: Canada -- History To 1763 (New France), genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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Topics: George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820, Great Britain -- History George III, 1760-1820,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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Topics: France -- History Revolution, 1789-1799, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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Topics: Normans, Great Britain -- History Norman period, 1066-1154, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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v. 1. Pioneers of France in the New World.--v. 2. The Jesuits in North America in the seventeenth century.--v. 3. La Salle and the discovery of the Great West.--v. 4. The old régime in Canada.--v. 5. Count Frantenac and New France under Louis XIV.--v. 6-7. A half-century of conflict.--v. 8-9. Montcalm and Wolfe.--v. 10-11. The conspiracy of Pontiac.--v. 12. The Oregon trail
Topics: Canada -- History To 1763 (New France), genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Buchanan, George, 1506-1582; Aikman, James
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Topics: Scotland -- History, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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Topics: German literature -- History and criticism, Germany -- History 1789-1900, Germany -- Intellectual...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Powers, George Wightman, 1864-
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Topics: Great Britain -- History Tudors, 1485-1603, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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v. 1-3. From the earliest period to the Norman conquest.--v. 4-8. Middle Ages.--v. 9-10. Reign of Henry the Eighth; the Reformation.--v. 11-12. Reigns of Edward the Sixth, Mary, and Elizabeth
Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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Topics: Charles I, King of England, 1600-1649, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Smith, John Frederick, 1804?-1890; Howitt, William, 1792-1879
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v. 1. From the earliest period to the reign of Edward the fourth.--v. 2. From the reign of Edward IV to the death of Queen Elizabeth.--v. 3. From the accession of James I to the revolution of 1688.--v. 4. From the accession of William III to the death of George II.--v. 5. From the accession of George III to the French Revolution, July 1792.--v. 6. From the French Revolution, July 1792 to the death of George III, January 1820.--v. 7. From the accession of George IV to the Irish Famine, 1847.--v....
Topics: Great Britain -- History, Great Britain -- History Pictorial works, genealogy
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Topics: Pacific Coast (North America), Pacific Coast (Central America), Pacific Coast (South America),...
Includes bibliographical references
Topics: Reformation -- England, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century Sources, Great Britain --...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Lee, Frederick George, 1832-1902
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Topics: Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603, Church of England, Great Britain -- Church history,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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v. 1. From the earliest times to A.D. 1307.--v. 2. From A.D. 1307 to A.D. 1688.--v. 3. From A.D. 1688 to A.D. 1885
Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Gosling, William Gilbert, 1863-1930
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Includes index
Topics: Gilbert, Humphrey, Sir, 1539?-1583, Great Britain -- History Elizabeth, 1558-1603, Newfoundland,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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Topics: Canada -- History To 1763 (New France), genealogy
Includes bibliographical references
Topics: Reformation -- England, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century Sources, Great Britain --...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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Topics: George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820, Great Britain -- History George III, 1760-1820,...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879
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Topics: William I, King of England, 1027 or 8-1087, Great Britain -- History William I, 1066-1087, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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Topics: Canada -- History To 1763 (New France), genealogy
Includes bibliographical references
Topics: Reformation -- England, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century Sources, Great Britain --...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Klein, Arthur Jay, 1884-
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Topics: Church and state -- Great Britain, Religious liberty -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- History...
Includes bibliographical references
Topics: Reformation -- England, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century Sources, Great Britain --...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Bateson, Mary, 1865-1906
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Topics: Great Britain -- History Medieval period, 1066-1485, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Child, Gilbert W
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Topics: England -- Ecclesiastical history, genealogy
Includes index
Topics: Europe -- History, Europe -- Politics and government, genealogy
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Topics: England -- History 1603-1714 Stuart, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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Topics: Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603, Great Britain -- Court and courtiers, Great Britain --...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Oman, Charles William Chadwick, Sir, 1860-1946
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v. 1. From the earliest times to A.D. 1307.--v. 2. From A.D. 1307 to A.D. 1688.--v. 3. From A.D. 1688 to A.D. 1885
Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Creasy, Sir Edward Shepherd, 1812-1878
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Vol. 1. The history of England to the end of the reign of Edward I
Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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v. 1-3. From the earliest period to the Norman conquest.--v. 4-8. Middle Ages.--v. 9-10. Reign of Henry the Eighth; the Reformation.--v. 11-12. Reigns of Edward the Sixth, Mary, and Elizabeth
Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Blackburn, Wm. M. (William Maxwell), 1828-1898
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Topics: Coligny, Gaspard de, Huguenots, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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Vol. 1. - The Jews, Assyria, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Persia, India, China, The Mahometans, Spain, Germany, Hungary, and Russia. Vol. 2. - France, with late revolutions; England, with the history and description of Australia, Sweden and Norway; Denmark; The Netherlands; Switzerland; Portugal; Italy
Topics: History, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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Topics: Hohenzollern, House of, Brandenburg (Germany) -- Politics and government, Brandenburg (Germany) --...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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Topics: Canada -- History To 1763 (New France), genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Mackintosh, John, 1833-1907
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Topics: Scotland -- History, Scotland -- Civilization, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Mackintosh, John, 1833-1907
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Topics: Scotland -- History, Scotland -- Civilization, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Oman, Charles William Chadwick, Sir, 1860-1946
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v. 1. From the earliest times to A.D. 1307.--v. 2. From A.D. 1307 to A.D. 1688.--v. 3. From A.D. 1688 to A.D. 1885
Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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Topics: Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Ranke, Leopold von, 1795-1886
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Topics: Reformation -- Germany, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Freeman, Edward Augustus, 1823-1892
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Series 1. The mythical and romantic elements in early English history. The continuity of English history. Relations between the crowns of England and Scotland. Saint Thomas of Canterbury and his biographers. The reign of Edward the Third. The Holy Roman Empire. The Franks and the Gauls. The early sieges of Paris. Frederick the First, King of Italy. The Emperor Frederick the Second. Charles the Bold Presidential government.- Series 2. Ancient Greece and mediaeval Italy. Mr. Gladstone's Homer and...
Topics: Thomas, à Becket, Saint, 1118?-1170, Charles, Duke of Burgundy, 1433-1477, Frederick I, Holy Roman...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Blackburn, Wm. M. (William Maxwell), 1828-1898
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Topics: Coligny, Gaspard de, Huguenots, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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Vol. 1. - The Jews, Assyria, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Persia, India, China, The Mahometans, Spain, Germany, Hungary, and Russia. Vol. 2. - France, with late revolutions; England, with the history and description of Australia, Sweden and Norway; Denmark; The Netherlands; Switzerland; Portugal; Italy
Topics: History, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
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v. 1-3. From the earliest period to the Norman conquest.--v. 4-8. Middle Ages.--v. 9-10. Reign of Henry the Eighth; the Reformation.--v. 11-12. Reigns of Edward the Sixth, Mary, and Elizabeth
Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
Includes bibliographical references
Topics: Reformation -- England, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century Sources, Great Britain --...
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Topics: Drake, Francis, Sir, 1540?-1596, Great Britain -- History Tudors, 1485-1603, Great Britain --...
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v. 1-3. From the earliest period to the Norman conquest.--v. 4-8. Middle Ages.--v. 9-10. Reign of Henry the Eighth; the Reformation.--v. 11-12. Reigns of Edward the Sixth, Mary, and Elizabeth
Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Turner, Sharon, 1768-1847
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v. 1. From the Norman conquest to the accession of Edward III.--v. 2. From the accession of Edward III to the reign of Edward IV.--v. 3. Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III, and Henry VII, and the first part of the literary history of England.--v. 4. Literary history of England
Topics: Great Britain -- History Medieval period, 1066-1485, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Turner, Sharon, 1768-1847
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v. 1. From the Norman conquest to the accession of Edward III.--v. 2. From the accession of Edward III to the reign of Edward IV.--v. 3. Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III, and Henry VII, and the first part of the literary history of England.--v. 4. Literary history of England
Topics: Great Britain -- History Medieval period, 1066-1485, genealogy