Professional performers of all kinds in England and Wales toured to provincial towns, monasteries and private residences before 1642. The Records of Early English Drama (REED) project is discovering fresh evidence about medieval and renaissance entertainment for publication in volumes for all English, Scottish and Welsh counties. The REED Patrons and Performances Web Site is designed to include a wide range of data about professional performers on tour in the provinces – their patrons, the performance venues they used and the routes they took across the kingdom.
This resource offers approaches to teaching Marguerite de Roberval, a young French woman who survived being marooned on a perilous island in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence during the sixteenth century. She was the inspiration for three published works in Renaissance France and numerous other accounts since then.
Manuscript Pamphleteering in Early Stuart England offers a survey of the vast hidden archive of early Stuart England’s manuscript pamphlets.
The Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons (GEMMS) is a SSHRC-funded project to create an open-access, group-sourced, comprehensive, fully searchable, online bibliographic database of early modern (1530-1715) sermon manuscripts from the British Isles and North America.
The database is a finding aid for all types of manuscripts related to sermons, including complete sermons, sermon notes and reports of sermons, held in numerous repositories in the UK, Ireland, the USA and Canada. GEMMS endeavours to make manuscript sermons more accessible for a wide variety of researchers, to encourage research on manuscript sermons and to provide a forum for the development of an online community of sermon scholars.
Gallica is a full text searchable database of the Biliothèque numérique of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. The search interface is available in French, English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
French Art at the Saint Louis Art Museum includes artwork from the French Renaissance with images and texts on the work, historical moment, artistic genre, and artist. The site is bilingual in French and English and provides guides for educators.
Early Stuart Libels is a web-based edition of early seventeenth-century English political poetry from manuscript sources. It brings into the public domain over 350 poems, many of which have never before been published. The edition is divided into chronological and thematic sections for ease of navigation. It is fully searchable by name and source.
Early Modern London Theatres is a research database and educational resource that lets you see what direct use has been made, over the last four centuries, of pre-1642 documents related to professional performance in purpose-built theatres and other permanent structures in the London area. It is not a comprehensive collection of those pre-1642 documents; rather, it charts the copies (or “transcriptions”) which were subsequently made of them.
The Renaissance Cultural Crossroads Catalogue is a searchable, analytical and annotated list of all translations out of and into all languages printed in England, Scotland, and Ireland before 1641.
Mesolore is a bilingual resource for scholars and students of Mesoamerica. It includes interactive indigenous documents from Central Mexico and Oaxaca such as the Codex Nuttall (c.1500).