A page devoted to various archives and digital sources on the early modern world. Under construction.

Websites of general literary interest

LA Review of Books

Eidolon: Classics done progressively

Arts and Letters Daily

Times Literary Supplement

New York Review of Books

London Review of Books

Early Modernist Projects

Six Degrees of Francis Bacon
Website that uses algorithms to determine social networks in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

The Map of Early Modern London
Where were the playhouses located? Taverns, churches? Find out how social space was organized in early modern London here.

Before Shakespeare
An investigation of theater in early modern London before Shakespeare.


Primary Sources

Early English Books Online (EEBO) — Library login required.
EEBO, an online archive of most books printed in the early modern period, is essential for any student of early modern literature.

Shakespeare’s First Folio Online
Facsimile of the First Folio, courtesy Oxford’s Bodleian Library

Early Broadside Ballads Archive 
Online archive of early modern songs, printed as broadsides. Great resources for exploring early modern popular culture.

Beaumont and Fletcher Folio Online

An Online Reader for John Cotgrave’s Engish Treasury of Wit and Language
How did early modern readers read early modern drama? Find out here.

Henslowe-Alleyn Digitisation Project
Collection of manuscripts crucial to historians of drama

Online Editions and Anthologies

Elizabethan Authors

Luminarium: Online Anthology of British Literature

Digital Anthology of Early Modern Drama (Now including the works of Christopher Marlowe)

Digital Renaissance Editions

Complete Works of Shakespeare Online

Internet Shakespeare Editions

World Shakespeare Bibliography

Lexicons of Early Modern English
Use this database to search early modern dictionaries for the historical meaning of words.


My old pal Anthony Oliveira does a great podcast on Paradise Lost, here (patrons only):

Emma Smith on Shakespeare

Emma Smith on Not Shakespeare

Bard Times

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