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Sites of interest for Renaissance Studies

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These listings are selected and in no way comprehensive or exhaustive.  Click on a heading above to move to that section.


Quality-controlled subject gateways to Renaissance studies resources - go to the subject indexes, and select eg Renaissance or early modern literature, drama, poetry, theatre resources

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Discussion groups

  • JISCmail - national academic mailing list service facilitating discussion, collaboration and communication within the UK academic community and beyond

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Other sites of interest

  • A2A: Access to archives contains catalogues describing archives held throughout England and dating from the 900s to the present day.
  • Bess of Hardwick's Letters - her complete correspondence c.1550-1608. The letters are fully searchable and the site includes commentaries and other background information
  • British History Online from the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust
  • Cambridge English Renaissance Electronic Service (CERES) hosted by the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge and aimed at those working in the area of English Renaissance literature.
  • Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies the CRRS is a library and research centre devoted to the study of the period from approximately 1350 to 1700, from the University of Toronto
  • Early Modern Cartographic Resources on the World Wide Web from Rhonda Lemke Sanford at the University of Colorado
  • Early Modern England Source: Research Resources Many links to archives, bibliographies, libraries, Public Records Offices, e-journals and e-texts
  • Elizabethan authors: texts, resources and authorship studies from Robert Brazil and Barboura Flues
  • English handwriting 1500 - 1700: an online course
  • Gombrich Archive articles and more from the art historian Professor Sir Ernst Gombrich
  • John Foxe's Book of Martyrs This Variorum Edition concentrates on the four English editions of Foxe’s martyrology published in London during his own lifetime: those of 1563 ; 1570 ; 1576 and 1583.
  • Literary Resources - Renaissance part of the Literary Resources collection maintained by Jack Lynch, English Department, Rutgers University, Newark.
  • Luminarium 16th Century Renaissance English Literature (1485-1603) - combines three sites first created in 1996 to provide a starting point for students and enthusiasts of English Literature.
  • History of Medieval & Renaissance Europe: Primary Historical Documents links to full text sites
  • Online Literary Criticism Collection From the Internet Public Library (IPL), can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.
  • Perseus Renaissance Collection A growing compilation of texts and resources pertaining to the early modern period in England. Begun with an electronic edition of the complete works of Christopher Marlowe, it now includes a facsimile of the First Folio of Shakespeare's plays and several resources from the period.
  • Renaissance Electronic Texts A series of old-spelling, SGML-encoded editions of early individual copies of English Renaissance books and manuscripts, and of plain transcriptions of such works, published on the World Wide Web as a free resource for students of the period.
  • Renaissance Festival books view 253 (selected from the British Library's collection) that describe the magnificent festivals and ceremonies that took place in Europe between 1475 and 1700.
  • Renaissance secrets (based in part on a television series) Open University/BBC, this site addresses four different historical questions, along with providing material on the practice and art of writing about and understanding history.
  • Shakespeare in Quarto the British Library’s 93 copies of the 21 plays by William Shakespeare printed in quarto before the theatres were closed in 1642.
  • Sites on Shakespeare and the Renaissance from Internet Shakespeare Editions
  • Thomas Middleton: the collected works
  • Touchstone a research tool for Shakespeare research in the United Kingdom.

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