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A guide to the many resources available for research on Shakespeare and his works.

Major Databases

Explore Shakespeare's historical period through secondary scholarship and primary documents.

Life & Times

Shakespeare Chronology

This very brief chronology is taken from the Internet Shakespeare Editions. The links will take you to more detailed information about the particular time period.

Shakespeare's Life and Times

From the Internet Shakespeare Editions:

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Shakespeare: Life and Plays in The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21), Vol. 5. The Drama to 1642, Part One.

Shakespeare's Life & Times from Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet, Terry A. Gray, Palomar Community College

Shakespeare Chronology

Shakespeare’s Will, 1616, from the National Archives

Life and Times in Elizabethan England

Renaissance, The Elizabethan World

Elizabethan Heraldry

Elizabethan Sumptuary Statutes

The Great Seal of Elizabeth I, from the National Archives

William Camden's Annales rerum Anglicarum et Hibernicarum regnante Elizabetha. English. 1634

Renaissance Life and Times

Sixteenth Century Renaissance English Literature

History of Medieval & Renaissance Europe: Primary Documents, from EuroDocs by Richard Hacken, European Studies Bibliographer, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

The Perseus Digital Library: Renaissance Materials

Renaissance & 17th Century Literature from Voice of the Shuttle

Tudor History