Renaissance literature, authors and poets


Renaissance literature, Renaissance authors and poets: a list of websites

Renaissance-Literatur; Littérature de la Renaissance; Letteratura rinascimentale; Literatura del Renacimiento


Botticelli’s Vision
Essays and extracts from Mediaeval and Renaissance literature, plus a gallery of art and other images from the period. By Donald Williams.

British Renaissance drama, a web directory. 
The Open Directory Project


Centre d’études supérieures de la Renaissance 


Elizabethan drama web directory. 
The Open Directory Project

The English Renaissance, 
Wikipedia entry.


French Renaissance, Early Modern Literature.
Indexed under author and anonymous poem.


Italian Renaissance, 
Wikipedia entry.

New Scholarship from Old Renaissance Dictionaries


Renaissance Forum
An Electronic Journal of Early-Modern Literary and Historical Studies

Renaissance literature, Wikipedia entry.


Sixteenth Century English Renaissance literature internet resources. 


Theatre. Renaissance theatre and dramatists.
The Open Directory Project.

Renaissance writers, playwrights *

Boccaccio, Giovanni *

Boccaccio, Giovanni. Giovanni Boccaccio,
Wikipedia entry.
Giovanni Boccaccio. 
Decameron Web, A growing hypermedia archive of materials dedicated to The Decameron.
Giovanni Boccaccio. 
Italian websites. Open Directory Project
Giovanni Boccaccio.  The Decameron, 
Project Gutenberg etexts.

Bacon, Sir Francis *

Bacon, Sir Francis. Sir Francis Bacon
Texts, bibliographies.
Sir Francis Bacon
Life, works quotes, background, essays.Luminarium

Castiglione, Baldassare *

Castiglione, Baldassare. Baldassare Castiglione,
Wikipedia entry.

Cervantes, Miguel de *

Cervantes, Miguel de. Miguel de  Cervantes, 
Wikipedia entry.
Miguel de Cervantes
The History of Don Quixote. Project Gutenberg etext.

Kydd, Thomas *

Kydd, Thomas. Thomas Kydd etexts.

Machiavelli, Niccolo *

Machiavelli, Niccolò. Niccolò Machiavelli
Wikipedia entry.
Niccolo Machiavelli. The Prince
Project Gutenberg

Marlowe, Christopher *

Marlowe, Christopher. Christopher Marlowe
Etexts from
Christopher Marlowe
Research, including a detailed, easy-to-read profile on Marlowe, a comprehensive timeline, and descriptions of his known associates. There is also a collection of primary documents that relate to his controversial death. A site by Mathew G. Scarsbrook.
Chrisopher Marlowe
Essays, biographies. Websites at The Open Directory Project
Christopher Marlowe
The complete works. The Perseus Project
Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe.

Middleton, Thomas *

Middleton, Thomas. Thomas Middleton
Works, life, essays, books.
Thomas Middleton
The plays of Thomas Middleton.
Thomas Middleton
Wikipedia entry.

Molière,  Jean-Baptiste Poquelin *

Molière,  Jean-Baptiste Poquelin. Jean-Baptiset Poquelin
A directory of plays and web pages. Open Directory Project
An introduction.

Montaigne, Michel de *

Introduction in French.
Wikipedia entry.
Introduction and background.
Montaigne Studies,
an interdisciplinary forum.
Works by Michel de Montaigne. Project Gutenberg
Essays by Montaigne
The Montaigne Medal

Montaigne’s essays:

Project Gutenberg

More, Sir Thomas *

More, Sir Thomas. Sir Thomas More
Directory of Sir Thomas More webpages.
Utopia, by Sir Thomas More.

Rabelais, François *

Francois Rabelais: free books online.
Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel, by Francois Rabelais. Translated into English by Sir Thomas Urquhart…
(in French)
Rabelais Biography, Bibliography, Analysis
(in French)
A Dutch website about Rabelais
Rabelais et la Renaissance, sur le Portail de la Renaissance française.
François Rabelais
Wikipedia entry.

Ronsard, Pierre de *

Ronsard, Pierre de. Pierre de Ronsard
Wikipedia entry.
Pierre de Ronsard. Sonnets
Pierre de Ronsard
Liste de ouevres de Ronsard.

Shakespeare, William *

The William Shakespeare page.
Shakespeare, William. William Shakespeare website directory.
The Open Directory Project.

Sidney, Sir Philip *

Sidney, Sir Philip Sidney. Sir Philip Sidney
Works, texts, biography, quotes, background. Luminarium
Sir Philip Sidney: Poems
An index of poems by Sir Philip Sidney. Poetry Archive
Sir Philip Sidney. All poems of Sir Philip Sidney
Poem Hunter
Sir Philip Sidney. Astrophil and Stella

The era between the accession of Henry VIII and the crisis of the English republic in 1659 formed one of the most fertile epochs in world literature. This anthology offers a broad selection of its poetry, and includes a wide range of works by the great poets of the age - notably Sir Philip Sidney, Edmund Sepnser, John Donne, William Shakespeare and John Milton. Poems by less well-known writers also feature prominently - among them significant female poets such as Lady Mary Wroth and Katherine Philips. Compelling and exhilarating, this landmark collection illuminates a time of astonishing innovation, imagination and diversity.
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Controversy raged through England during the 1570-80s as Puritans denounced all manner of games & pastimes as a danger to public morals. Writers quickly turrned their attention to their own art and the first & most influential response came with Philip Sidney's Defense. Here he set out to answer contemporary critics &, with reference to Classical models of criticism, formulated a manifesto for English literature. Also includes George Puttenham's Art of English Poesy, Samuel Daniel's Defence of Rhyme, & passages by writers such as Ben Jonson, Francis Bacon & George Gascoigne.
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Machiavelli's highly influential treatise on political power

The Prince shocked Europe on publication with its advocacy of ruthless tactics for gaining absolute power and its abandonment of conventional morality. Niccoló Machiavelli drew on his own experience of office under the turbulent Florentine republic, rejecting traditional values of political theory and recognizing the complicated, transient nature of political life. Concerned not with lofty ideal but with a regime that would last, The Prince has become the bible of realpolitik, and it still retains its power to alarm and to instruct. In this edition, Machiavelli's tough-minded and pragmatic Italian is preserved in George Bull's clear, unambiguous translation.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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