The British Renaissance

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Elizabeth I and Elizabethan Life in England
"Architecture, literature, and daily life in Elizabethan England."

Elizabethan Era, Immanuel College Library Resource Centre
Contains links containing information about music, society, punishment, architecture, education, religion, theatre, war, and women during the Elizabethan era.

Life in Elizabethan England: A Compendium of Knowledge
Contains occupations, games, money, religion, family, social structure, and language from 1558-1603. Excellent site. Very extensive.

Modern History Sourcebook: William Harrison (1534-1593): Description Of Elizabethan England, 1577 (from Holinshed's Chronicles)
Contains information about towns, gardens, markets, food, livestock, animals, and punishments during the Elizabethan period.

Sixteenth Century Renaissance English Literature- Background information.
Contains link to general information as well as politics, economy, royalty, religion, science, the Plague, magic, women, images, music, theatre, dance, art, architecture, dress, and food.

Virtual Renaissance: A Journey Through Time
Travel back through time and space to a world completely different from your own.

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Contains information about the Tudor monarchy as well the people, life, and architecture during their reign. Contains maps.

History of the Monarchy- The Tudors- Elizabeth I
Contains information about Queen Elizabeth I and the foreign policy, arts, economy, and government during her reign.

The Life and Times of Elizabeth I
Contains information about Queen Elizabeth I, the church, the role of women in society, and Western Europe.


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Elizabethan Costume: History and Technique
Contains information about social life, dress for different orders, fabrics, jewelry, and accessories.

Elizabethan Sumptuary Statutes
Laws regarding appearance and dress for different classes during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

The Elizabethan Costuming Page
Detailed information about the clothing worn during the reign of Elizabeth I. Includes descriptions of outer dress as well as undergarments, fabrics, colors, patterns, and accessories. Portraits and pictures of period dress can also be viewed at this site.

The Costumer’s Manifesto: 16th Century Costume Links
General information about 16th century dress as well as dress for specific classes and occupations. Also includes information about accessories.

The Historical Costume Company  Nice photos of historically accurate costumes from all of English history.  

Society for Creative Anachronism. Clothing and Costume Links. 
"The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international organization dedicated to  researching and recreating pre-17th-century European history."   See also its
SCA Arts and Sciences Homepage, which also has extensive links on costumes and  social customs.                             

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Life in Elizabethan England: What Every Schoolboy Knows
Contains information about public education as well as topics covered in education during this time period.


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Herbal Medicine in Shakespeare’s England
Online article about John Hall, herbal medicine, and the diseases during the late 16th century and early 17th century in England.

Epact: Scientific Instruments of Medieval and Renaissance Europe
Over 500 scientific and technical instruments made before 1600 from 4 European museums which "house the finest collections of early scientific instruments in the world."



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Renaissance, the Elizabethan World 
Includes "Life in Elizabethan England: A Compendium of Common Knowledge, 1558-1603...for Writers, Actors and Re-Enactors," links, and excellent section of heraldry.


Sure, you'll find recipes here and other items about food in the Middle Ages, but this site includes other gode stuffe: Chaucer, mythical plants, fantastic fish, pestilence (the Black Death), the macabre and clipart woodcuts.
Medieval/Renaissance Food Homepage
Guide to other websites.

Guild Hall - Virtual Renaissance - Apprenticeships
Covers several professions.


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