The following print books are available on the Tyger’s Head print books site:
Mercurius Civicus, volumes I and II
Civicus was a Parliamentarian newsbook printed in London between 1643 and 1646. It is widely supposed to have been authored by soldier Richard Collings, who also wrote The Kingdomes Weekly Intelligencer, although there is no hard proof of his Civicus authorship and it is difficult to see how – or why – he would have managed both at the same time. Civicus was one of the most consistent and well-known of the Parliamentarian newsbooks, although not the longest-running, notching up only 183 issues against 332 from the Intelligencer (which ran from December 1642 to October 1649, and started up again after the Restoration as a Royalist paper, Collings having changed sides).
Civicus was the first English newspaper to include pictures: every week at the top of its front page it included a head and shoulders woodcut of a well-known personage. However, besides those depicting the royal family most images appear to have been ‘stock’, bearing no relation to known portraits of the people concerned. Many were used to represent different individuals at different times.
All volumes are extensively annotated and fully indexed.
Mercurius Civicus volume III, covering 1645, is in the final stages of preparation for publication.
In 1662 Charles II offered £60,000 ‘bounty’ to former military officers of his father’s, many of whom were destitute after being fined and impoverished by the Long Parliament, and later the Interregnum government. The result was the ‘Indigent Officers’ list, which contains the names of nearly 7,500 Royalist officers and auxiliary staff.
English Army Lists of the Early 1640s
Between 1640 and 1642, even before the outbreak of civil war, English armies were fighting over internal political issues in the north of England, and in Ireland. English Army Lists brings together 10 army and navy lists covering the Bishops’ War of 1640, the English Parliament’s response to the Irish Rebellion of late 1641, and the outbreak of the first English Civil War in 1642. Many civil war officers began their careers in the north or were commissioned to serve across the Irish Sea, but it is often difficult to pinpoint who served where, and when. This chronological collection of lists is intended as a time-saving aid to researchers.
All lists are transcribed directly from copies of the original documents, giving the names of 2,200 men including officers of horse and foot, naval commanders, and auxiliary staff.
William Dobson: The King’s Painter
Tyger’s Head is delighted to offer the first full biography of Charles I’s court painter.