Here are some of the many resources for early modern culture on the web.

Jessica A. Browner has written an informative monograph on Southwerk, titled "Wrong Side of the River: London's disreputable South Bank in the sixteenth and seventeenth century."

Hilda D. Spear has published her lecture about The Elizabethan Theatre, complete with slide show, on the web.

Joyce Clay attempts to answer the question of why boys played female roles on the early English stage in her article The Bardic Tradition's Effect on Elizabethan Casting. The article contains information about the commedia dell'Arte on the continent as well.

Ever wonder what an Elizabethan groat, shilling, Angel, or Crown could buy you in today's money? Then visit the Elizabethan Monetary Equivalents page.

Hanover has a page devoted to links on different aspects of early modern history. You can find e-texts dealing with the era's literature, philosophy, theology, and politics.

The medieval and renaissance Europe page at BYU has links to many relevant documents, including an EXCELLENT resource for medieval culture, the Medieval Sourcebook.

NYU has a thorough medival and renaissance history metapage, with dozens of links to other sources.

You can view a variety of maps of the new world at this site from the University of Georgia.

Plague and Public Health in Renaissance Europe deals primarily with the century before Shakespeare's lifetime, and is still under construction.

The Art of Renaissance Science: Galileo and Perspective is an informative page from CUNY.

Kirsti S. Thomas of Seattle Pacific University provides a page on Medieval/Renaissance Wedding Information.

Zachary Lesser of Columbia University operates a macabre page called Tyburn Tree: Public Execution in Early Modern England.

The Proper Elizabethan Pronunciations page is an excellent resource, and contains some sound files so that you can hear the accent.

The Vatican offers a collection of medieval and renaissance music manuscripts.

Rome Reborn: The Vatican Library and Renaissance Culture is an online exhibit with information on the continental renaissance.


There are number of internet resources for early modernmusic, many of which contain sound files:

Greg Lindahl of the Society for Creative Anachronism has arranged an enormous amount of information on early modern popular music. See the following:

Herbert Collmann's Ballads and Broadsides Chiefly of the Elizabethan Period
Pre-1600 English Ballads
Society for Creative Anachronism Music and Dance Page

The Renaissance Consort Home Page also has some sound files made with instruments of the period, so that you can hear what the music would have sounded like.

The Classical MIDI Archives contain samples of work from many early modern composers.

The Renaissance Dance Page provides information on that subject.

The Early Music Net is an academic resource for scholars interested in early modern music.