- Archival Resources
- History of the Book
- History, Genealogy and Local History
- Online Texts
- Neo-Latin Writing
- Shakespeare and the Drama
- The Visual Arts
- Women's Writing
- Early American Literature
- The Society of Early Americanists
- Early American Matters: website of the American Studies Association
- American Society for 18th Century Studies
- A visit the National Archives is necessary for access to many kinds of document, but an increasing amount of material, including wills, is available online.
- See also the new archival gateway: A2A
- The Warburg Institute is a library that forms its own place in intellectual history.
- In addition, Aby Warburg's iconographical Mnemosyne Project was a kind of hypertext ahead of its time.
- The British Library Manuscript Catalogue is searchable in a variety of ways, though the online version still does not include all material.
- Research Libraries Group database has mostly US archives.
- Adam Smyth, Renaissance Lit
- Blogging the Renaissance
- Sharon Howard, Early Modern Notes
- Kevin Curran, Textual Studies, 1500-1800
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Please see also the page on studying the History of the Book at Oxford.
- HOBO: Oxford University History of the Book page with links, full calendar of events in Oxford elsewhere, and very useful archive of contents of a wide range of bibliographical journals. There is also a directory of researchers with interests in the history of the book, to which you are invited to add your name.
- The Centre for the Study of the Book (Bodleian Library) provides a common ground for scholars and librarians with shared interests in understanding, documenting, and interpreting the intellectual and material history of the book.
- It is well worth joining the Oxford Bibliographical Society, which offers lectures on a wifde range of topics and provides texts at rediuced prices for members.
- Workshops on the history of the book are held alternately at Oxford and Princeton: for details see The History of the Book at Oxford and Princeton
- British Library database of bindings: excellent resource for colour reproductions
- Library History: The British Isles to 1850
- British Book Trade Index: very useful for quick reference
- IES Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies: many book-history events.
- The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing
- University of Virginia Rare Book School: useful reading-lists.
- Institute of Historical Research: useful for research tools and reviews of recent books.
- Early Modern Web is a good gateway, although they don't allow linking: instead, type the address in manually (http://www.earlymodernweb.org.uk).
- Tudor Place: Biographical articles from the History of Parliament and portraits of leading Tudor figures.
- British History online
- Victoria County History: including online extracts
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- EEBO: from within Oxford, Early English Books Online includes access to searchable versions and original printed texts created by the Text Creation Partnership. Please note the following caveats: individual copies of early modern printed books often vary more than general classifications of editions always recognize, so make sure you note which copy you are actually using and where possible double-check against modern editions and against the Bodleian's holdings - often the Bodleian has multiple copies which may contain useful notes and annotaions, so do not deny yourself a resource that online users of EEBO lack. The searchable versions provide a wonderful corpus for word-searching but bear in mind that the transcriptions are sometimes inaccurate, especially where the microfilm is hard to read, so never trust them as sources for quotations.
- Oxford Text Archive: includes a very large number of early modern texts
- From within the Oxford network, OXLIP has access to the Arden editions of every Shakespeare play plus poems and sonnets, with hitherto scattered reference material of prime importance. It also has 21 different versions of the Bible in English, Eighteenth-century Collections Online, Foxe's Book of Martyrs, serarchable lists of theses at UK, Irish, US, Canadian, Australian and African universities, the OED, and much else besides.
- Renascence Editions: modern transcriptions of literary texts.
- Luminarium: Renaissance and 17c texts and criticism
- Bodleian Library, John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera: online versions of many texts including ballads, some of them very hard to find elsewhere, though search engine is hard to use.
- Internet Shakespeare Editions: transcriptions of Folio and quarto texts
- Colour images of Shakespeare First Folio and many contemporary historical works from the University of Pennsylvania Library
- The Enfolded Hamlet: Q2 and Folio texts
- Hamlet on the Ramparts
- John Foxe, Actes and Monuments online
- InteLex: Past Masters
- The Abraham Cowley Text and Image Archive: excellent selection
- John Bunyan Archive
- Renaissance Ovid Early modern translations, editions and illustrations of Ovid, a wonderful resource for the history of the book, iconography and cultural history
- Bibliothèque Nationale: good range of Continental online texts
- Universitätsbibliothek Mannheim An outstanding site for reproductions and searchable texts of early modern scholarly works
- The Philological Museum including a library of humanistic texts and An Analytic Bibliography of On-Line Neo-Latin Texts
- Internet Modern History Sourcebook links to many online texts
- Early Stuart Libels: Stuart satirical verse, much of it unavailable in print form and hence a valuable insight into early modern manuscript culture.
- The Archimedes Project: The Archimedes Project: includes digitized early modern editions of scientific, literary and philosophical texts and also dictionaries such as those of Thomas Cooper (Latin) and John Florio (Italian).
- Early Modern Online Bibliography: EEBO, ECCO, and Burney Collection Online
- Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts
For a detailed analysis of manuscript research, please see the Exploring Literary Manuscripts pages.
- Early Modern Palaeography: A Course. Iintroducing a range of legal and other documents and useful bibliographies.
- English Handwriting 1500-1700: An Online Course. Many illustrations of literary MSS from Cambridge libraries.
The standard reference work is on OXLIP: Grove Dictionary of Music.
If you wish to hear early modern music online you can try:
See also the website of the Society for Neo-Latin Studies.
Bibliographical Aid to the Study of Renaissance Latin Texts: wide-ranging online resource.
- Online neo-Latintexts and much information for those with some Latin at Grexlat.
- Virgil and his reception: Virgil.org.
- Ovid Illustrated: The Renaissance Reception of Ovid.
- The Philological Museum: including a library of humanistic texts with translations and an Analytic Bibliography of On-Line Neo-Latin Texts with online access to (mostly Continental) texts.
- Retiarius: Latin-language web journal for Neo-Latin studies.
- The Archimedes Project has online texts of early modern works relating to the history of science, including editions of Lucretius and other classical authors.
- Universitätsbibliothek Mannheim: An outstanding site for reproductions and searchable texts of early modern scholarly works.
- Bibliotheca Augustana, a site for classical texts, is beautifully illustrated; it includes some later Latin texts from Thomas More to Karl Marx.
- Some neo-Latin texts are available at the Latin Library
- Locating vernacular equivalents of Latin names: J.G.Th. Graesse, F. Benedikt, Orbis Latinus. Lexikon lateinischer geographischer Namen des Mittelalters und der Neuzeit, 3 vols., Braunschweig 1972 (adaptation of the 2nd ed. in 1 volume, Berlin 1909; reprint of the 2nd ed. Berlin 1983);available online; towns on book imprints here.
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- The 1559 Book of Common Prayer
- You can compare different versions of the Gutenberg Bible at this British Library site.
- Elizabethan Book of Homilies
- Patrologia Latina: the works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian in 200 AD to the death of Pope Innocent III in 1216. Available only through subscriptions; Oxford has one through OxLip, under Classics.
- The English Bible. Available in Oxford through OxLip, under Theology. Various editions (searchable) also available at the BibleGateway.com
- The Vulgate
- Foxe's Acts and Monuments
- William S. Peterson’s English Literature and Religion site
- Sarah Mortimer has created a website on the Impact of the Reformation, with pictures and comments designed to show what the visual and liturgical changes of the Reformation might have meant to ordinary people.
William Hole's 1607 map of Scotland.
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- The National Library of Scotland has some excellent resources, including an online and updated version of Aldis'sList of Books Printed in Scotland up to 1700, and the Scottish Book Trade index, which summarises the careers and outputs of printers, booksellers etc.
- The website of the National Archives of Scotland provides material on genealogy, legal and public records.
- The Scottish Archive Network has digitised and indexed all testaments produced in Scotland between 1500 and 1901.
- The Dictionary of the Scottish Language website combines the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue and the Scottish National Dictionary and is an invaluable lexicographical resource.
Before turning to online resources, a reminder that the Bankside Globe offers winter seasons of readings of rarely-performed Elizabethan and Jacobean plays - and of course there is always the Royal Shakespeare Company. For those within the Oxford network, OxLip has the complete Arden edition of Shakespeare's works online, along with a collection of English verse drama from 1585.
- Records of Early English Drama - a context for early English theatre and related links
- Shakespeare in Europe
- British Shakespeare Association
- Thinking with Shakespeare - thought inspired by, and of the age of, Shakespeare
- Shakespeare Resource Center - many excellent links
- Touchstone - a database for Shakespeare research.
- The Early Modern Drama Database
- A large range of British Library images are searchable online here.
- You can search for portraits at the National Portrait Gallery site
- Glasgow University Emblem Website
- Alciato's Book of Emblems
- Dutch Emblem Books of the Seventeenth Century
- Aby Warburg's Mnemosyne Project
Ros Ballaster and Diane Purkiss took the lead in a pioneering series of seminars on early modern women’s writing at Oxford, and continue in their work to explore questions of writing, gender and politics in the period. Margaret Kean co-organized with Dr Elizabeth Clarke of Warwick University a series of seminars and conferences on early modern women’s writing in manuscript. David Norbrook co-organized a conference on 'Women and the Book' which brought in colleagues from the Faculties of History, Modern Languages and Philosophy. Other English Faculty scholars who have worked in this field include Sharon Achinstein (Dissenting women writers), Anna Beer (biography of Lady Raleigh), David Norbrook (edition of Lucy Hutchinson). Resources include the papers of George Ballard, one of the first historians of women’s writing, and a host of rare printed and manuscript material in the Bodleian and other libraries. The M.St. in English Literature 1550-1780 regularly offers courses on women’s writing, including one jointly taught with the M.St. in Women’s Studies. Work from these courses and from doctoral students regularly produces new discoveries.
- Women's Writing Online: texts and useful contextual material
- A Celebration of Women Writers includes a number of digital texts of early modern Englishwomen.
- Frauen des Humanismus: excellent colour reproductions of many women's texts
- Chez La Veuve: Women Printers in Great Britain 1475-1700. Illustrated with many title-pages.
- The Orlando Project: An Integrated History of Women's Writing in the British Isles (not just early modern).
- The Perdita Project: Early Modern Women's Manuscript Compilations
- Attending to Women in Early Modern Europe: an international conference organized by the Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies, University of Maryland.
- Constructing Elizabeth Isham