Sources for the Spanish Succession

Internet Sources

Due to the massive amount of information that has come online in the form of books available in pdf format the whole research situation for sites like this has changed. Nonetheless it might be a good idea to give some help here. In particular with regard to internet sources.



  • Google Books
  • Too much to mention, but especially useful are sources printed at the time. Of these yearbooks are the most useful:
  • The Dutch Europische Mercurius, this of 1701, but the series spans decades
  • Present State of Europe, this the translation into English


  • Gallica
  • For this era Galica has things that Googlebooks misses. Next to that it has things like:
  • Memoirs of Saint Simon
  • The Journal of Dangeau
  • And much more

Internet Archive

  • The Internet Archive
  • The Internet Archive is very large too. Has the advantage that it only has full versions.
  • The chronicles of an old campaigner by Jean Martin de la Colonie
  • Memoirs of John, Duke of Marlborough with his original correspondence (vol. 2-6) by William Coxe
  • Memoirs of the life and administration of Sir Robert Walpole, Earl of Orford (vol. 1-3) by William Coxe
  • The life of John, Duke of Marlborough : Prince of the Roman empire (vol. 1) by Thomas Lediard
  • An account of the life and writings of Lord Chancellor Somers by Henry Maddock
  • Letters and correspondence, public and private, of the Right Honourable Henry St. John, lord viscount Bolingbroke (vol. 1-4)


The Gazette

  • The Gazette
  • The Gazette has the archive of the London Gazette
  • London Gazette (LG)
  • Mind Old Style vs New Style dates
  • Mind that Old Style years end on 24 March


  • Delpher
  • Delpher is an initiave of the Royal Dutch Library and 4 universities
  • Delpher also has a lot of books and periodicals
  • Note that 'kranten' is Dutch for Newspapers
  • Oprechte Haarlemse Courant (OHC)
  • Amsterdamse Courant (AC)


Dipòsit Digital de Documents of the Autonomous University of Barcelona:

  • UAB
  • El Reinado del archiduque Carlos en España: La continuidad de un programa dinástico de Gobierno
  • La rereguarda catalana entre la darrera ofensiva aliada i el capgirament internacional (1710-1712)
  • Instauración dinástica y reformismo administrativo: la implantación del sistema ministerial
  • La Nueva Planta en su contexto. La reformas del aparato del Estado en el reinado de Felipe V
  • La pervivencia de la monarquía española bajo el reinado de Carlos II
  • L'Epitome de Llorenç Tomàs, canceller del Principat de Catalunya (1705-1714)
  • La mobilització militar catalana durant la Guerra de Successión
  • Imagen y propaganda de guerra en el conflicto sucesorio (1700-1713)
  • La elección de un bando : hugonotes y jacobitas en la Guerra de Sucesión de España
  • Felip V i Catalunya

Biblioteca Virtual Miguel Cervantes

  • Biblioteca Virtual Miguel Cervantes
  • A digital library maintained by the University of Alicante in Alicante, Spain
  • Comentarios de la guerra de España e historia de su rey Felipe V, El Animoso by Vicente Bacallar y Sanna

Thèses de l'Ecole nationale des chartes

  • Thèses de l'Ecole nationale des chartes
  • The École nationale des chartes is a Grande école dedicated to the Auxiliary sciences of history
  • Michel Chamillart, ministre et secrétaire d'état de la guerre de Louis XIV (1654-1721) by Emmanuel Pénicaut
  • Blenheim, Ramillies, Audenarde. Les défaites françaises de la guerre de Succession d'Espagne (1704-1708) by Clément Oury


Digital Archive of Marburg

  • The largest collections of digitized maps of the era

Offline Resources

The amount of sources published on the internet is enormous. However, for historical studies that actually add something to the body of knowledge, these do not suffice. It's still necessary to access offline resources. Think of the enormous amount of correspondances and archives that have not been published. It's the study of these sources that leads to new publications.

Note about quotations on this site:

Of course the part of this site based on primary sources is very small. Most of it is taken (though not transcribed) from secondary sources. These are not cited as long as (I think) they treat the generally accepted views about the era (i.e. it is useless to cite the source by which you have learned that William III died in 1702). As soon as I think something is controversial, or proven by a certain author I think quotations are in order. (I.e. Van 't Hoff about Marlborough's role in the Dutch army).

There are a lot of links to contemporary newspapers on this site. Most marked as e.g. 'OHC 1 January 1691'. This 'linking' seems a bit excessive. It's primarily there for ease of access, and to save the effort of scrolling though multiple pages to find the source.

Note about quotations from this site:

It is of course perfectly legitimate to copy snippets of a general nature from this site. When one however goes as far as to copy complete paragraphs or to use the site as a substantial source for a story one should cite this site. When you want to translate articles in other languages you can contact me. In most cases I will be happy to cooperate.