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Shakespeare and the Renaissance

Shakespeare and the Renaissance

Books:
There are a lot of wonderful websites to help you do this project -- but don't forget that there are also a LOT of books you can check out from the library as well.  Renaissance history and Shakespeare are definitely topics the library has plenty of books on, so please use them!

There are a few different sections of the library where you can find information about your project topics:

- 914:  Renaissance History
- 940:2:  Renaissance History in Europe
- 709:  Renaissance Art
- 540.2:  Science in the Renaissance
- 780:  Music in the Renaissance
- 305.4:  Women and culture in the Renaissance

You can also look up specific titles in the library catalog (here).  You can also find some key resources on Ms. B's book cart; just ask to see them!

Databases:
Databases are going to be incredibly useful for this project, and we have quite a few that will work for you.  Remember, everything in these databases is guaranteed to be from a reliable source! 

  


  




Links:

Shakespeare and the Globe Theater:

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet
By far, this is the most complete Shakespeare website I've ever seen.  There are literally thoands of links here, as well as a great timeline.  Not only does it cover (in depth) every aspect of Shakespeare's life, it also has lots of information about Elizabethan England in general.  It also covers the controversy of whether or not Shakespeare was really Shakespeare, and it does a lot of detective work about what his life was really like.

Encyclopedia Brittanica's Guide to Shakespeare
Another really copmprehensive source.  Brittianica's website is great for biographical information, but they also have a huge collection of information about the time period, other playwrights in Elizabethan England, and the Globe Theater.

Internet Shakespeare Editions
http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/
Again, lots of biographical information and lots of information about Elizabethan England.  You can also find online copies of all of Shakespeare's plays here.  There's also a database of information about modern productions of Shakespeare's plays, reviews, and more.

In Search of Shakespeare
This website is from a PBS show about the difficulty finding biographical information about Shakespeare and the difficulty in separating fact from fiction.  Inaddition to lots of information, there are also games and videos on this website, making it a lot of fun as well as a lot of information.

Shakespeare Resource Center
This website is as much about Shakespeare as it is about the time period.  There's a complete biography, all of Shakespeare's works, lots of information about the globe theater, and a substantial section about Elizabethan England.  It's a great resource for a variety of topics.

The Folger Shakespeare Library
The Folger Shakespeare Library is a fantastic resource for people studying Shakespeare -- and their website is a great companion to that.  They have plenty of run of the mill biographical info, but they also have really great specific information that corresponds with their recent exhibitions.  These exhibitions usually focus on issues of daily life in Elizabethan times.  Recently, they've explored food and cooking, transportation, marriage, and many other topics.  This is a hugely useful website for nearly any topic you choose.

Renaissance Life (clothing, art and music, plagues and medicine, dating and marriage, and holidays):

Renaissance: The Elizabethan World
This is a great website to learn about daily life and routines.  There's information on games, food, money, religion, clothing -- even marriage and weddings.  There's also a lot of information about the different social classes and their interactions.  Every single topic is covered here; this would be a great source for any of your papers.

Renaissance Connection
This is a great general website about the Renaissance, with some fun interactive games.  It is particularly helpful for art related topics; there's a lot of information here about the system of patronage.

Renaissance Interactives
This is another general website (although despite the name, it's not actually very interactive).  There's a lot of great information on social classes and on the plague here.

Renaissance Faire
Have you ever been to a Renaissance Faire where people dress in period costumes and act like it's the Renaissance?  This website is actually a reference for the people who work at those fairs -- which means that it's full of the kind of information they need to make the time period come alive.  There's information about clothing, speech, games, food, and more.  It's all very historically accurate (which makes me really appreciate those fairs and the work people put into them!).

The Folger Shakespeare Library
The Folger Shakespeare Library is a fantastic resource for people studying Shakespeare -- and their website is a great companion to that.  They have plenty of run of the mill biographical info, but they also have really great specific information that corresponds with their recent exhibitions.  These exhibitions usually focus on issues of daily life in Elizabethan times.  Recently, they've explored food and cooking, transportation, marriage, and many other topics.  This is a hugely useful website for nearly any topic you choose.

Renaissance Food
Food is a huge part of daily life for most cultures, so this is a nice way to get a window on daily life in the Renaissance.  Also, there are actual Renaissance recipes here, which is interesting to read about even if you don't actually end up cooking them.

Renaissance Dance
For anyone interested in the art topic, this might be a nice subject to include.  The information here is very in depth.  There's also some information about Renaissance music, but it isn't as specific.

A Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Instruments
This website covers every musical instrument used during the

last update: 2/15/2012 12:39:49 PM