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Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature

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FindIt@Bham: the University of Birmingham Library Catalogue

All books and ebooks, rare books and books at UoB site libraries can be searched for via the library catalogue FindIt. Check the link on Using FindIt in this guide.

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Online Shakespeare and Renaissance Texts

Shakespeare in Quarto

See 107 copies of the 21 plays by Shakespeare printed in quarto before the 1642 theatre closures. Part of the British Library’s treasure in Full  

Digital Anthology of Early English Modern Drama (Folger Shakespeare Library)

EMED includes full texts of a number of the plays in the original spelling as well as with some regularized forms. The textually encoded files are available, too. Whether you read the plays, discover new insights through data exploration, devise college and graduate curricula, or work toward scholarly editions, EMED widens our horizon to different plays and to new questions as we consider the drama of Shakespeare's time.

The Enfolded Hamlet

Produced by Bernice Kliman. Allows readers to read the Folio or 2nd Quarto texts of Hamlet separately, or as a conflated single text.

Internet Shakespeare Editions

Online editions of Shakespeare’s works with supplementary and related materials. Includes pages on the Life and Times and Performance as well as reliable links to other online sources.

John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments Online

Browse and compare the unabridged texts of the four editions of this massive work published in John Foxe’s lifetime (1563, 1570, 1576, 1583). Each edition changed significantly as Foxe sought to incorporate new material, answer his critics, and adjust its polemical force to the needs of the moment.


An online anthology of English Literature covering the Medieval to the Restoration period. Contains useful essays and articles on the literature of the period and pages of further study on individual authors.

Project Gutenburg

Over 40,000 free ebooks including historic texts.

Renaissance Electronic Texts

A series of old-spelling, SGML-encoded editions of early individual copies of English Renaissance books and manuscripts, and of plain transcriptions of such works, published on the World Wide Web as a free resource for students of the period.

Richard Brome Online

An online edition of the Collected Works of the Caroline dramatist, Richard Brome. The edition not only makes the texts accessible to scholars and theatre practitioners, but also begins to explore their theatricality visually, serving as inspiration to encourage more frequent staging of Brome's works.

Shakespeare in Europe

Includes translated versions of Shakespeare’s works and a number of critical essays. The site also hosts links to an impressive range of criticism from the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

Shakespeare Quartos Archive

A digital collection of pre-1642 editions of William Shakespeare's plays. A cross-Atlantic collaboration has also produced an interactive interface for the detailed study of these geographically distant quartos, with full functionality for all thirty-two quarto copies of Hamlet held by participating institutions.

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